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National Access Forum – Mountain Biking Sub Group

Following the joint presentation by Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland on a paper looking at the construction of wild mountain bike trails, built without landowner permission or consent the National Access Forum agreed to establish a sub-group.

The group which consists of representatives from Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, Forest Enterprise Scotland, Local Authority Access Officers and Scottish Land & Estates met for the first time this week. Convenor of the National Access Forum David Henderson-Howat chaired the meeting, with Janice Winning (SNH) in attendance as the National Access Forum Secretary.

The initial meeting of the group was to clarify the nature of the issues that need to be addressed including identifying key audiences and topic areas. There are several pieces of work the group will consider taking forward which include updating the current SNH legal liabilities guidance to reflect unauthorised trail building; development of key messages and agreed wording for communications and investigating a ‘realistic management model’ for mountain biking in Scotland. 


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