Broken bike barrier

Broken bike barrier

Many good things have happened in the Buriton Chalk Pit LNR over the last year. Two new trails have been put in together with wooden animal sculptures. Two trail leaflets have been produced to help visitors to get the best out of this fascinating old quarry. And finally a programme of walks, open days and school sessions is in place.

Historically the quarry was used as an informal gathering place for trial and motocross bikes, which have done huge damage to this protected site. As part of the development of the site we have had to meet up with all the regular users to suggest alternative locations, to pass over contacts for local clubs, and on occasion to involve the local police.

In the most part the motorcyclists have been really responsible and have moved on. The old bike tracks are already greening over and local people are starting to re-use these areas.

However there has been a  small amount of vandalism where barriers installed to exclude bikes have been damaged and signs removed. While the fungi walks were taking place this weekend (see previous blog) a group of lads on bikes arrived to disturb the peace. Luckily the ranger was on hand and common sense prevailed. 

Monkey bike

Monkey bike

 The LNR now has a regular group of volunteers who help with practical tasks, litter picking and simply keeping a watch for incidents such as this. The next work day is planned for Saturday the 5th November.

Further information can be found on the Buriton Community web-site (see previous posts).

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