Friday, 27 April 2012

Update from the Forest Commission

Warning - Nails Found on Trails
Tacks and nails found on bikes trails on the increase. Most notably in the chicane at the Birches Valley front entrance. Police have been notified and are monitoring the area. Please report any findings of tacks / nails or suspicious behaviour to the non-emergency Police number 101.

Cycle Watch
See here for details. For more information speak to PCSO Liz Dale on 07800 765641. They are holding regular drop-in sessions outside Swinnertons Cycle Centre at Birches Valley. Generally, bicycle theft is on the increase, mainly from sheds and garages so be vigilant – again report any suspicious behaviour to the non-emergency Police number 101.

New Car Park Enforcement at Birches Valley
From May 1st, the Forestry Commission will commence strict car parking enforcement. This is a nationwide scheme to help subsidies the Forest Centres, trails and forest that FC provides for the public. Failing to display a valid parking ticket will involve a parking fine of £50 reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days. Remember the best and easiest way to support your trail centre is purchasing an annual discovery pass for £40, which gives free parking at Birches Valley and Hicks Lodge (in National Forest). Purchase online here.

Monkey Trail – Closure Between Waymarkers M4 and M5
Harvesting has finally started, and will last for 4-6 weeks. Pease follow the diversion for you own safety; Forestry Commission and Chase Trails time spent re-instating a diversion is your tax payers money wasted, and could be spent on more productive tasks such as trail maintenance.

Gary (FC Recreation Ranger)

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