Mountain bikers clean up the countryside

Mountain bikers from across Kirklees have been clearing the trash from local countryside trails.

The bikers, organised by the Ride Kirklees Mountain Bike Advocacy Group, cleared trails at Wessenden Valley , Oakwell Hall, Spen Valley Greenway and Mirfield Woods on Sunday and Monday.

Ride Kirklees is part of the national environmental network, “Trash Free Trails.” Ride Kirklees   volunteers are regularly seen around the area repairing bridle ways and byways and members work with Kirklees Council in building new trails such as the blue graded “Flow Trail” at Oakwell Hall Country Park.

The group also provides information on local routes and organises social rides as well as encouraging other bikers to collect litter whilst on the trails. They are keen to welcome more people into the group to help improve the local area.

Gordon McMinn, co-ordinator for the group said: “The clean-up had a  great turnout  from  local bikers with 18 volunteers in all.  It really showed how much local bikers care about their environment. But the real message is that countryside users should take their rubbish home.”

Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Ride Kirklees via Facebook, www.ridekirklees.co.uk or email: ridekirklees@hotmail.com

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