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1  RIDERS LOUNGE / Wharncliffe / lost at wharncliffe on: 22 May 11, 12:11
If any good souled person finds a paclight jacket at wharncliffe today, ill buy um a few bottles of  farmers if they could let me know.  Riding around fastrack, xc trail, xc descent, greno race track wher I guess I lost it....Cheers.
2  CHILL OUT ROOM / owt or nowt / Nick Clag says... on: 2 Feb 11, 17:05
Anyone else write to Local MP about the FE sell off ?

Thank you very much for writing about the future of British woodland.  The Liberal Democrats have always strongly believed in sustainability and protecting the environment and public access and we view the UK’s forests and woodlands as a valuable resource and an integral part of our history and culture.

As you know, the Government has proposed for consultation plans to introduce significant reforms to the Forestry Commission. This will include the disposal of much of its estate to reduce the existing conflict between its role as a primary supplier of timber and the regulator of that industry. 

Under the consultation paper recently published by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, England’s best known historic forests will be protected for future generations through the possible transfer of heritage forests such as the New Forest and the Forest of Dean to charitable trusts, while commercial land could be leased, with strict protections built into its clauses.

Across much of the estate the transfers will be through a leasehold model; thus providing a better chance to enforce conditions to protect the woodlands and the public interest.

The plans also make clear that these woodlands would not simply be sold off to the highest bidder. Instead they recognise that no two woodlands are the same and that no single ownership model is appropriate.  The proposals suggest a mixed approach that would deliver benefits for users and taxpayers, and makes clear that public access and biodiversity will be protected.  To ensure that safeguards are in place to protect public interest, the government will also bring forward amendments to the Public Bodies Bill to ensure the public benefits the forests provide are protected.

I can assure you that Liberal Democrats will seek to ensure that the essential role that forests play in British life will be retained – it mustn’t lead to free-for-all of golf courses and housing developments built on protected land. I believe priority should be given to environmental trusts and local communities to secure these forests, ensuring that the individuals, charities and local authorities have the chance to play bigger role in protecting their local environment, and not private companies making irreparable changes. I am therefore pleased that the government has said that first refusal will be given to community bodies or civil society organisations.

I am also glad to see that the proposals include measures to prevent any diluting of the safeguards protecting forest and woodland, including the protection of biodiversity and laws surrounding replanting. Any proposals for development will continue to require coming before town and country planning processes, and land owners will still need a license from the Forestry Commission when wanting to fell more than five cubic meters of growing trees. The Forestry Commission has been managing the ongoing sales and purchase programme for British Woodland for many years and it will continue to ensure that the our forests will not be sold to purchasers who have no intention of using the land for forestry.

It is also important to note that around 70% of England’s woodland is already under private ownership – with the Forestry Commission only controlling 18% of all forests in England more than 20% of which it leases, and therefore cannot sell. This is not a fire-sale of woodland, but rather the beginning of a long-term managed programme of reform that will enable the Forestry Commission to make better use of its extensive experience, and will also allow those who live closest to our forests greater powers to protect them.

I do believe that these proposals give us an opportunity to improve the levels of public benefit and environmental protection we give to our woodlands. By contrast, over the last thirteen years Labour sold off 25,000 acres of woodland with barely any protection, whilst this Government is putting secure safeguards in place to protect public access, the natural environment and the interests of local communities in any future sales.

Finally, you may be interested to know that the Coalition Government has announced a new ‘Big Tree Plant’, which will see one million extra trees planted across England – especially in urban and suburban areas - in the next four years. This is the first government tree planting campaign since the 1970s and will plant trees in urban areas that need them most. The campaign will be carried out by the Government and the Forestry Commission and will bring together charities and conservation organisations, such as The Tree Council, Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities.

Thank you once again for contacting me about this very important issue. I would strongly encourage you to take part in the consultation process and please rest assured that the Coalition Government will protect our forests better than ever before.

Yours sincerely


Nick Clegg MP

3  RIDERS LOUNGE / Wharncliffe / Beeley wood on: 14 Dec 10, 00:02
just trying to work out an off road route from Hillsborough to Wharncliffe, anyone ridden the FP along the river through Beeley wood ? is it ridable or just a slog ?

4  CHILL OUT ROOM / owt or nowt / heads up for the photographers out there on: 6 Dec 10, 13:59
Always found these little tripods handy to throw in bag.. nice and cheep at Aldi this week.


5  RIDERS LOUNGE / Wharncliffe / MTB friendly Cafe near Wharncliffe ? on: 13 Oct 10, 16:10
Are there any ? In Greno  OR Oughtibridge ?  Only one I could think of is at the Horse place right down towards stocksbridge...
6  RIDERS LOUNGE / riding / Rivelin this week ? on: 4 Oct 10, 09:44
Anyone night riding in Rivelin this week ?
7  RIDERS LOUNGE / Wharncliffe / Lost pendant at Wharncliffe on: 27 Sep 10, 11:14
Got a mail in from a guy whos has lost a Pendandt at Wharncliffe.

"sorry to bother you guys, but I was wondering if you could do a me a small favour and put the word out that I lost a small steel pendant (a little stone-shaped stainless steel lump, on a cord that was supposed to stay around my neck) while i was riding some of the dh trails at Wharncliffe on sunday 26 september. It was an anniversary present from my wife, and has quite a bit of sentimental value. If anyone finds it, I'll find something to give them in return (beer / wine / good karma / cuddles).
Thanks guys, and also thanks for making and keeping wharncliffe such an awesome place to ride.
Tom Geraghty"

Email contact is tom.geraghty@yahoo.co.uk

8  MARKETPLACE / for sale / rear mech, front mech, SDG saddle, more stuff on: 22 Sep 10, 09:45
SDG I-Beam FX Saddle white with 27.2 Post £30
EA70 MONKEY BARS Oversized 665mm £35
SRAM X.9 Long Cage rear mech, 3 months old £35
Shimano XT Front Mech Silver £20
Shimano XT Front Mech Black with stamped XT £20


9  MARKETPLACE / for sale / Bit of a big clearout... on: 24 Aug 10, 22:53
FRAME   Orange Alpine  2009 - RP23   £800
BARS   Sunline V1 Pewter 19mm rise 711wide    £40
FORKS   Singular Rigid    £20
FORKS   Fox Talas 32 RLC QR15   £300
SADDLE   SDG I-Beam FX Saddle white   £30
10  MARKETPLACE / for sale / FS: Singular Rigid Forks on: 12 Jul 10, 11:45
Got these from Singular a few months back for a 69er project... changing to a roadrat now so not needed anymore, V good condition a few chips here and there, £50 posted/collected
more info at http://www.singularcycles.com/

11  MARKETPLACE / for sale / FS: Rear wheel on: 12 Jul 10, 11:41
Rear NC17 hub with DT X455 rim with good spokes, built by CRC £40 posted.

12  MARKETPLACE / for sale / FS: Larsen TT FR 2.35 on: 21 Jun 10, 11:06
Larsen TT 26 x 2.35 - MaxxPro 60a   new and unused... sent to me in error and ran out of time to return for refund, as new still in packaging.. £18 collected Sheffield
13  RIDERS LOUNGE / Wharncliffe / Nags in the woods again on: 24 May 10, 23:18
Its that time of year,

Once again the horse riders will be competing in the Wharncliffe Endurance Ride on 12th and 13th June
On saturday the riders will be out and about from 1pm till 4pm, the route covers Wharncliffe and Wheata Woods and the Trans Pennine Trail (Wortley to Thurlstone).
On sunday they will be about from 9am until 4pm and they will be in Wharncliffe and Wheata Woods.
They will be following a set route so you will be able to tell if you are going to meet them!
Please be aware that if you are planning to ride on those days there may be more horses than usual and some riders may be novices, and some may be children.
14  MARKETPLACE / wanted / Swap:Marzocchi 66 RC 2005 for Trail Fork on: 7 May 10, 15:27
I've got a set of Marzocchi 66 RC 2005, good condition  that I'm looking to swap for a trail fork, 130 / 140mm travel, similar year, Pikes would be nice. What you got ?


15  MARKETPLACE / for sale / Specialized Deviant Carbon lid on: 14 Apr 10, 09:01
Specialized Carbon Deviant Lid, very light and well vented. Its had V little use, only marks are where I've put it down on the floor. I think its 2008 £50, collect/delivery Sheffield. Size is Medium

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