- Quantock Hills Access Management Group
I’ll ask Buzz, but as they now own the land I don’t know what sort of response I’ll get as they do have a business to run and they’ll struggle to get the trees out without making a mess. It might be worth setting up a meeting with the forestry people with regard to planning some new tracks once the current round of harvesting is complete.Posted 7 years ago
Yeah they have to fell trees. I think clearing debris is less of a problem than dealing with the ploughing-tracks caused by vehicles.
But maybe with some communication it might be possible for track builders to avoid the main vehicle lines, and for vehicles to avoid some trail lines.
And if track builders had visibility of the harvesting plans they could avoid building in segments soon to be harvested, and so get better use out of their efforts before they get cleared.Posted 7 years agojohnnersMember
The last meeting I went to, I felt pretty un-prepared as the woman from the horse riders had a big list of issues.
IME horse riders (or at least the Hunt) cause the majority of damage to trails by piling along them mob handed regardless of ground conditions. The followers on quads, motorbikes and in cars don’t help either.
They’re nearly as bad as STW “Group Rides”.Posted 7 years ago3bikemanMember
Would be great if any logging vehicles that chewed up tracks so bad to be unrideable to at least make some efforts to clear up the mess they leave at least on the tracks.Posted 7 years ago
But the main issues for me is continued or improved access to the areas.
Its great that you have been invited to the meeting – good luck with that.
I brought up the point about repairing the damage to tracks and was told that a fair bit of good will had been lost due to a recent bout of vandalism of the forestry machinery (the graffiti indicates it was done by bikers).Posted 7 years ago
The thinning work is due to finish in the next couple of weeks and that should be it for the next 5 years.
We also talked about organizing a meeting of all interested at Cockercombe in the Autumn.
I’ll post when I have any firm details.3bikemanMember
Vandalism to forestry machinery is unacceptable – is there something we as bikers can do to help? perhaps the offer of working parties to assist forestry staff?Posted 7 years ago
There is also a difference between whats wanted from people like me a cross country MTBer who likes to ride open country rather than constructed tracks and the downhillers who would sooner build constructed downhill routes, ride down and get a lift back up – perhaps this point needs to be made – certainly there is a need for horse riders, walkers and MTBers to respect each others activities.
Maybe some sponsorship from Bicycle chain, Ralph Colemans, kings etc.
I pointed out that the vandalism could have been done by anyone, but was told that the graffiti comments indicated that they where bikers. There was no talk of banning or restricting, but any goodwill on the part of the forestry contractors (some of them bikers) to clear up after themselves had been lost.Posted 7 years ago
My neighbour is about to start working full time for the Forest Enterprise (up until now he’s been partly funded by the Quantock Ranger’s and the Forest Enterprise) and he says they’re looking at a set of guidelines for the use of Forestry land as the standards of trail building and use vary wildly between The Forest of Dean, Haldon and the Quantocks.
Dibbs, fully agree and understand and thank you for your work. I do enjoy thrashing down the combs and trying out the more DH stuff. TBH the Quantocks access works well I have never had any issues with anyone else using the area whatever the form of transport.
Not sure there any problems but I can see more and more people wanting to use these areas. I think its important that the genuine law abiding people remain unhindered in their access. Those carrying out criminal damage should be brought to justice.Posted 7 years ago
I’m horrified that that some kids have written graffiti the logging trucks
I think you’ll find it was quite a bit more serious than that, and we’re talking about people’s livelihood’s here, they’re sub contractors working for Forest Enterprise and if there equipment is damaged they can’t work.Posted 7 years ago
Also bear in mind that there is a temporary closure order on the forest and no one should be in there anyway, the foresters turn a blind eye at the moment but effectively people in there are trespassing.
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