A new summit to bring together mountain bike trail builders, trails associations, land managers and landowners will be held at the Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld & Birnam on 20th October 2019, 9am – 4pm.
This one-day summit will aim to bring together the growing number of trailbuilders, trails associations, community groups and landowners to discuss progress, building on good relationships and discuss how we can collectively solve any issues. The day will involve a morning session of speakers and workshops, followed by a trail maintenance session on a nearby hand-built trail.
The summit will be organised by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS). Head of DMBinS, Graeme McLean, explains the need for the summit:
“It has been fantastic to see the number of volunteers and the growing trust between mtb’ers and landowners that the first trails associations in Scotland are generating. We hope that this summit will bring together everyone with an interest in trail building, whether that is riders, builders or landowners to learn from each other, listen to industry experts, help create a sustainable system of support and enjoy digging or riding trails together.”
Attendees will hear an update on progress from Scotland’s first two Trail Associations, the Tweed Valley Trails Association and the Aberdeenshire Trails Association. Global trail advocates will share examples of trail organisations across the world and highlight best practices showing how we can work together to continue to create a culture of stewardship of trails.
John Ireland, Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Safety, Health and Wellbeing Advisor will also provide an update from a landowners perspective one year on from the launch of the National Access Forum guidance on unauthorised mountain bike trails. John said
“The guidance launched last year was developed following a dramatic increase in the number of mountain bike trails being constructed without landowner or land manager permission. This resulted in a number of problems for landowners and landmanagers including possible conflicts with other users, environmental impacts including disruption of protected species and the liability risk. The guidance is positively helping mountain bikers and land managers understand different perspectives on this issue in the context of the Scottish access rights. We have found that working through organised groups we are making good progress together. The model of a landowner working with a trail association is new and requires commitment from both parties. FLS are committed to continue working with trail associations.”
Riders, trail builders, landowners and land managers are urged to attend this event.
There will be a nominal fee to cover the costs of breakfast and a packed lunch. Tickets will be limited.