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John Swinney opens the Bike Park

Bike Park Opening

After 5 years of planning and 4 weeks of building Alyth Bike Park was finally officially opened by John Swinney MSP on Saturday 16th August by the traditional cutting of a ribbon. This was a small but significant part of the days celebrations which saw around 250 mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages descend on Alyth from the surrounding district as well as far flung places like Aberdeen and Aviemore.

The day’s events kicked off with a mountain bike cross country stage race on the hill culminating in a timed stage down the new Trodlem Trail which drew a healthy 32 entries. Winners on the day were Mike Milne from Kirriemuir for the men and Fiona Lothian ex. of Alyth, now of St. Andrews for the women. Feedback on the course and organisation from the competitors was excellent proving Alyth base the potential as a cross country race venue.

Other events on-going throughout the day were a timed pump track competition which was hotly contested if the roar that went up in the middle of John Swinney’s speech when the current best time was broken is anything to go by. There was a stunt airbag for doing tricks and jumps without consequences that proved very popular, I think it would have still been in use on Wednesday if the youth had their way!

Amanda and the Losset provided an excellent barbecue at the event, as they have done since the first Making Tracks event and kindly provided us with a donation from the takings. There were Strider Bike and cycle courses for the small ones.

In the afternoon there were kids age-group races in which 35 kids took part, again this was a good mix of locals and members of clubs like the Tay Titans in Dunkeld. Whilst the races were hotly contested it was clear that all the kids had a ball. Alan Stewart our First Aider, and a man in the know when it comes to mountain bike racing, commented to me that our bike club coaches will have to up our game, not because our local riders weren’t as good as the competition, on the contrary, because we have so many local talented riders that we need to bring through to their full potential! Message received and understood Alan.

Finally there was a raffle that I thought was going to end up with everyone winning a prize, the only reason I know that they didn’t is that I left empty handed!

So all that remains is for me to thank: everyone who came along to race, support, or just enjoy  themselves; the marshals who freely gave of their time; the AHUG team who put the event together; Alan Stewart who provided first aid cover; Alpine Bikes who provided prizes and Dr. Bike cover; the Losset; Norrie’s at Longleys for the berries and honey for the smoothies; prize donors Wigwam. com, Sweet Protection clothing, Handlebar Hero’s; Spokes Dundee, Fox clothing, Like2bike, Cyclewild Scotland, Sealskinz, Scottoiler, Morrocco Media, Muckmedden events and Breeze Adventure.10371256_732833180135771_3889626826198856901_o 10481637_732834236802332_2326038420392387715_o 10507154_732834996802256_1090400935238527449_o 10547315_732833516802404_1624751773364392312_o 10550006_732833643469058_7819561373979916198_o 10560346_732832970135792_4376958897649944428_o 10617607_10152389689728802_330652080_n 10621813_10152389687143802_317934881_n 710_0049 710_0058 mt1410 mt1408 mt1407 mt1406 mt1405 mt1404 mt1403 mt1402 mt1401 10608646_711731405563155_3779502068717655420_o 10551439_10152644008471753_3447778326910748018_o 1961758_711731425563153_7607698472138003792_o

Drumderg community fund award

The Drumderg community fund has awarded Alyth Hill Users Group £13,394 for the development of the bike tracks on Alyth Hill citing:

“The Bike Track has the potential to make a significant positive impact on Alyth and the surrounding
area by providing a facility for local families and also acting as an outdoor pursuits tourist attraction.
The provision of this facility will also encourage cross-generational physical activity and healthy
lifestyles in the community.”

AHUG would like to thank SSE and the Drumderg community fund for this generous dontation and their positive support for us as an organisation and the bike tracks as a project.

AHUG support letter

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AHUG News Feb 2013

The snow is on the ground but hopefully that won’t stop you getting out soon to have a look at latest changes at Alyth Community Woodland (ACW). We should see the snowdrops planted last year coming through soon along the path side and a bit later the wild daffodils too. Over the next few weeks the Forestry Commission will be planting around 5000 trees and shrubs around the borders of the main blocks of ash and oak. These include mostly native species such as Rowan, Aspen, Alder, Gean (Wild cherry), Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Blackthorn (Sloe), Elder and crab apple; some fruit trees, cherry plum and damson; and a few feature plants for variety including horse chestnut, Norway maple, field maple, whitebeam and wild service tree. These will give a natural look to the woodland, improve biodiversity and provide autumn foraging for both birds and humans. For those who haven’t visited the woodland yet access is on foot, bike or horse only via the Trodlem path at the top of Wylie’s Brae. When accessing the woodland please be respectful of our residential and farming neighbours. Keep dogs under control at all times (ie on a lead if you can’t control them otherwise) and please be sure to pick up after them – this is an area where children play.

Natural Play Features
As part of the continued development of the woodland, AHUG have commissioned a number of sculptural features to be located in the lower field along side the new footpath parallel to Trodlem. These include two natural play log features (groups of large tree trunks carved to provide safe natural climbing and hiding spaces for children) and a chaise longue kissing seat, both chainsaw carved by Community treeCycle late last year. In addition, several large boulders have already been delivered to site and will be located in various groups to provide additional natural climbing and play. An arrangement of ground installed tall vertical larch poles will complete the natural play elements later on this year.

Information Boards
We are currently developing designs and content for two information boards to tell visitors about the site and the flora and fauna. One will be near the entrance and one near the bottom of the zig-zag track – we hope to have them installed by April.

Feature Benches
On 21st February we are looking forward to the installation of 4 carved feature benches. The inspiration for the design of the benches (which are all different) came from children in the P3 class of Alyth Primary, school during a wildlife drawing workshop held at the woodland and the Den last year with sculptor Susheila Jamieson.

Orchard
We are fortunate to be able to offer Voice readers resident in Alyth a chance to attend an apple tree grafting training course. We have 6 places for the course, held at Auchtermuchty on Sunday 3 March 2013 at 2 pm (takes two hours). AHUG will pay for the cost of the course and transport to Auchtermuchty. Each participant will receive two root stocks plus containers ready for planting.  All tools will all be provided but please bring a pair of clean secateurs if you can. The course will be held indoors, with coffee/tea and cake supplied free of charge. Places will be assigned on a first come first serve basis – to book please call Marian Bruce on 07917 430200.

Biking
Plans for the Bike Tracks on Alyth Community Woodland continue to progress. At the moment we are finalising the legal documents with the Forestry Commission and once these are signed we will be able to begin tendering for the first part of the build – the pump track.  What does this mean? We should definitely have something built this year and hopefully before summer too.

We need to begin looking for funding for the remaining parts of the build – the skills loop and blue forest trail.  People can help here, we are looking for any large (30cm x 30cm or bigger) rocks that people may have sitting around, or something that gets termed bulk fill by the trail builders. This is essentially anything dug out of the ground, the stuff below the topsoil is best.  If you think you might be able to help please contact Eliot Palmer 01828 633772. Finally we’ll be meeting in the lounge of the Losset Inn on the 20th of Feb from 7.30pm to talk about everything bike related.  Please feel free to come along.

It is costs nothing to join AHUG (registered charity SCO43382) so please email Marian (info@driftwoodscotland.com) to be put on our mailing email to keep up with news and events. We hold monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month in the Losset Inn at 7.30pm, so please come along if you would like to get involved – everyone welcome.

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Alyth Community Area Planting Nov 2012

 Trees

Sessile Oak

Wild Cherry, Gean

Silver Birch

Rowan

Scots Pine

Aspen

Alder

 

Quercus petraea

Prunus avium

Betula pendula

Sorbus aucuparia

Pinus sylvestris

Populus tremula

Alnus glutinosa

%

No. @ 2500/ha

 Hedge

Hawthorn

Hazel

Holly

Guelder Rose

Blackthorn, Sloe

 

Crataegus monogyna

Corylus avellana

Ilex aquifolium

Viburnum opulus

Prunus spinosa

 

30

30

10

10

20

250m @ 3 stem/lm

225

225

75

75

150

 

Native Shrub mix (1.2ha)

Hawthorn

Hazel

Holly

Dog Rose

Guelder Rose

Blackthorn, Sloe

Elder

 

 

Crataegus monogyna

Corylus avellana

Ilex aquifolium

Rosa canina

Viburnum opulus

Prunus spinosa

Sambucus nigra

 

 

30

25

10

5

10

15

5

 

 

900

750

300

150

300

450

150

 

Forage Shrub mix (0.2ha)

Blackthorn, Sloe

Hazel

Elder

Dog rose

Crab apple

Wild cherry

Cherry plum

Damson

Bramble

 

 

Prunus spinosa

Corylus avellana

Sambucus nigra

Rosa canina

Malus sylvestris

Prunus avium

Prunus cerasifera

Prunus domestica

Rubus fruticosus

 

 

15

15

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

 

 

75

75

50

50

50

50

50

50

50

 Scent/blossom plants(0.4ha)

Hawthorn

Blackthorn

Wayfaring tree

Sweet briar

Dog rose

Honeysuckle

Wild privet

Bird cherry

 

Crataegus monogyna

Prunus spinosa

Viburnum lantana

Rosa rubignosa

Rosa canina

Lonicera periclymenum

Ligustrum vulgare

Prunus padus

 

20

20

10

10

10

10

10

10

 

200

200

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

Plant features

(Community to plant)

Horse chestnut

Norway maple

Field maple

Whitebeam

Wild service tree

Walnut

Sweet chestnut

 

 

 

Aesculus hippocastanum

Acer platanoides

Acer campestre

Sorbus aria

Sorbus torminalis

Juglans regia

Castanea sativa