Today, using our tried and tested method, the last berm requiring a drainage pipe was targeted on ‘The Link’, the first section of ‘The Monkey’ trail. We travelled light having to hand carry all the equipment to site as vehicular access is impossible. A temporary diversion was cleared and sign before starting work.
For the latest on the Monkey Trail diversion, see this blog post.
We’ve had to keep this under wraps for a while – there’s been a lot of work behind the scenes getting quotations, approvals and the like sorted but finally we can go live with this press release from the Forestry Commission:
Every effort is taken to minimise damage, but unfortunately around 15% of the trail is damaged, where tree harvesting machinery crosses the trail creating ruts. These thinning operations are essential to give the trees more room to grow, allow wildlife to flourish and timber sales help fund the trail.
The contractor will carry out the repairs, but also revamp the whole trail section. These works are planned to start at the beginning of April 2013. Please obey all safety signage and follow diversion. Thanks.”
First MTB race of the year takes place this Sunday (24th February) – the Run and Ride Cannock Chase Winter Classic.
The first couple of Tackeroo sections of ‘Follow the Dog’ will be closed for the day to eliminate race crossing points. Please follow the signed diversion or why not stop and watch some of the racing …
With the state of the ground and recent weather, we’ve spent the last few weekends inspecting the felling operations and planning work for the coming year so we can submit project proposals to the FC. They have to review our plans and get the OK from various sides – timber operations, wildlife and recreation teams before we get the “go ahead” …. we can’t just go building trails where we like.
Due to multiple computer failures, the Chase Trails membership office will be off line for the next week. We hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.