The new Pump Track and Skills Loop are the brainchild of White Lady Mountain Biking, a group of enthusiasts who have been tirelessly fundraising over the past five years to make their dream of a safe but challenging training area for the community a reality. Having secured public funding and successfully obtained planning permission the team is really looking forward to seeing the new facilities take shape this autumn.
Falkirk Community Trust lease Kinneil Estate from Falkirk Council and will be helping White Lady Mountain Biking manage the construction works on site. Soil will be ‘borrowed’ from elsewhere on site and used to build the pump track and skills loop. Keeping visitors safe is the top priority and while no main access routes will be obstructed during the works some areas within the forest may be barriered off. Please help us keep everyone safe by keeping out of any marked work zones. The project is not likely to take more than a couple of months.
The first works you will notice are the removal of 88 trees from the North East corner of the woodland. These conifer trees are densely spaced and at risk of windblow. Falkirk Community Trust will be planting 88 new native broadleaved trees elsewhere on site and these trees will provide better habitat for our Scottish wildlife. Herons nest in the same area as the new mountain bike course and the works are being carefully timed to avoid their nesting season and to ensure the trees they use are not removed or permanently damaged.
The facility will be freely available for the public to use, encouraging healthy exercise and excellence in sport. Left over material from the tree thinning operations will be used to create a barrier between busy sections of the bike routes and the existing pedestrian paths on site. Chicanes will be placed at entrances and exits to the mountain bike areas to ensure bikes are not going at speed where they might meet other site users.
This new mountain bike project, along with the recent improvements to the National Cycle route which runs through Kinneil Estate add to the recreational potential for the site and provide free opportunities for local children to develop their passion for cycling in a safe enjoyable environment. The plans contribute to the Masterplan for Kinneil Estate which was developed in 2014 following extensive consultation with site users, local stakeholders and national organisations with an interest in the long term future of Kinneil Estate. If you have any questions about this project or other projects within the Masterplan please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To get involved in White Lady Mountain Biking please connect with them via their website www.kinneiltrails.com
Wednesday, 10th August 2016