Taking Action…

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The minute I was told about yobs using the local woods as a bike race track, I knew something had to be done. I’ve spent a lot of time there, and on the adjacent meadows, enjoying all the wonderful nature, and I wasn’t about to allow a bunch of cretins to ruin it. Within hours I’d emailed a local Counsellor requesting that the issue be dealt with as a matter of urgency. The following day I took my camera along to gather evidence. I was horrified to see branches ripped off trees, wild flowers flattened, earth mounds created to act as jumps and and tyre tracks going right across the main footpath.

A second email, with photos, ensured that the authorities were now aware of a major Health and Safety issue, and within 3 days the local council had implemented an action plan to return the area back to its former glory with immediate effect. Official warning notices were ordered to be installed and leaflets distributed to residents to report any further bike activity to the police.

Now, with any luck the birds will feel safe enough to return before spring and dog-walkers and families will all be able to enjoy their woodland strolls again without the fear of being mowed down. If you want something to happen, you have to make it happen…

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2 thoughts on “Taking Action…

  1. We used to live opposite a nature park and would often walk there, sometimes with our dog. We began to see a group of teenagers riding dirt bikes there almost every day, and sometimes they would ride past us and try get as close to our dog as possible…it was horrible, but if they appeared when you were in the middle of the field / forest there was nothing you could do. We called the police and reported it every time we saw them, usually twice a day – we did see an officer turn up ONCE and talk to them, but that was all he did and nothing else happened. In the end we moved house and I’m so glad we don’t have to deal with that anymore!

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  2. Such a shame that your walks were ruined. We’re not only concerned about the H&S issue but also the fact we’ve recently planted hundreds of spring bulbs and we don’t want them all flattened. We’ve won awards for the litter picking efforts in that area and it’d be a shame if a few inconsiderate people turned our wonderful woodland and meadows into a no-go zone.

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