Making Tracks 29th September 2013

Making Tracks – A Community Mountain Bike Event

 

The “Making Tracks” mountain bike event on Alyth Hill will be running for the third time on the 29th of September.  In previous years this all day event has seen its participants combined mileage come close to 1000km and a mass start ride with over 70 participants.  More importantly though it’s a chase for riders of all ages to gather, have fun and support the development of purpose built mountain bike trails on Alyth Hill.

 

The trails will be part of the new Alyth Community Woodland, which is on Forestry Commission land adjacent to the town. Marian Bruce, chair of Alyth Hill Users Group (AHUG), the group that runs the community woodland said “When we asked the people of Alyth what they wanted on the site, bike trails were very high on the list so we are trying to build a pump track (a small loop track with bumps, for any age), a forest trail (blue grade trail) and a skills loop with built features such as table-tops and berms.” We hope to start the building of the Pump Track before the event.  Some of the funding for the other trails is secured and we are waiting for news on other funding applications.

 

Trails aren’t everything that AHUG is about though; an orchard, and native trees have been planted. An all abilities path has been built through the site and natural play features are also in place.

 

If you can make it along to a true grass roots Mountain Biking event you can look forward to riding natural trails on Alyth Hill, BBQ, bike-powered smoothies, and a really strong family atmosphere.

 

As we move closer to the event we will announce any additional stuff that’s going on through facebook and the AHUG website www.ahug.org.uk

 

For more information contact

Marian Bruce (AHUG chairperson) on 07917 430200 or Email  info@driftwoodscotland.com

Eliot Palmer (event organiser) on 07833580482 eliotpalmer@btinternet.com

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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