Mountain bikers and walkers urged to take part in Friston Forest consultation

Seaford: Friston Forest

Seaford: Friston Forest

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An increase in the number of unofficial mountain biking trails in Friston Forest has prompted the Forestry Commission to set up a web discussion forum.

It wants to find out what can be done to improve the trails already in place to reduce the impact of cycling on other trails and on other visitors.

Friston Forest is one of the most popular destinations for mountain biking on the south coast and offers more than seven miles of cycle paths and trails for mixed-use mountain biking.

The new web discussion forum will run until October 18, 2013.

The Forestry Commission wants to hear how regular users, including cyclists and walkers, feel about safety, access, the number and type of trails, and any other comments.

The online forum can be found at https://dialogue.forestry.gov.uk/vf1lcjmpql

If you would prefer to comment by post, write to: Mr I Bromley, Weald Beat Forester, Forestry Commission, Bedgebury Office, Park Lane, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2SL.

The commission will publish findings and proposals by October 31 2013 on www.forestry.gov.uk/fristonforest

Weald Beat Forester for the Forestry Commission Ian Bromley said: “The web forum is designed to encourage discussion over what we could do to improve user experience. We’re delighted to have such an enthusiastic group of regular mountain bikers, walkers and other users, so it’s important we’re listening to what people want.

“This is about what else we could be doing to make sure people continue to visit Friston Forest.

“Whether you’re a mountain biker or not, we’d encourage you to take part. We don’t have any firm plans at this stage, so your views really will count.”