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Davagh Forest Trails get a Makeover


Last weekend Mid Ulster District Council called upon local mountain bikers to help carry out some major trail resurfacing. Thirteen dedicated volunteers attended ‘Davagh Dig Day’ on Saturday 18th June where they worked tirelessly to resurface some of the red mountain bike trails within the forest.

With the Davagh Forest Trails, powered by Chain Reaction Cycles, attracting thousands of mountain bikers each month, ongoing maintenance carried out on days like this is essential to keep the trails in tip top condition and also provided an opportunity for those that use the trails to give something back.

Three years ago the walk and mountain bike trails opened within the forest which were designed by UK’s leading experts to be durable and sustainable for the thousands of walkers and mountain bikers that use them. However by their very nature, all trail developments require continuous upkeep to ensure they remain safe.

Councillor Dominic Molloy, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, paid tribute to all those who contributed:

“The volunteers have done a great job, giving up their time and bringing their skill and expertise to ensure that fresh stone was laid to help protect the trails during the busy summer months we have ahead.

"Their contribution not only saved money, but also ensured that the work could be done with minimum disruption.

“Hopefully they, and all the other users of the forest, will now reap the benefits of their work as they ride the trails in Davagh”.

The Davagh Forest Trails were made possible with funding from the Rural Development Programme through the South Western Action for Rural Development (SWARD) fund and Cookstown District Council with support from the Forest Service of Northern Ireland and Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland.

If you are interested in future volunteer days on the Davagh Forest Trails, visit www.MountainBikeNI.com for more information on joining the MountainBikeNI Trails Team.

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