The Wolf lives!
There has been recent comment that the Wolftrax mountain biking centre is to close. This is far from the case. The Forestry Commission Scotland is continuing to operate the trails at Wolftrax, and The Laggan Forest Trust continues to be based there in their Strathmashie office, actively working towards the development of the Forest Centre and Wolftrax MTB Centre.
Base Camp bike shop and café have decided not to renew their lease with their landlords, The Forestry Commission Scotland. They have instead decided to concentrate on their shop and café in Grantown.
The Laggan Forest Trust continues to work on their Development Project to create a Forest Centre at Laggan Wolftrax, the plans for which include a bike shop, café, community space, offices, toilets and showers for visitors to the forest and mountain bikers using the trails.
The LFT has begun fund-raising for a new Blue Trail at the MTB centre to begin a programme of development of the trails which will ensure Wolftrax continues to be one of the best trail centres in Scotland.
Other projects on going at Laggan include the development of a campsite, a wood fuel business and a path-building enterprise, all backed by funding from The Scottish Government’s Enterprise Growth Scheme. Recent successes include the employment of a local young person through the Community Jobs Scheme, and award of a planting contract to a Laggan business.
In the last eighteen months the LFT has been very successful in attracting locals and visitors to Strathmashie Forest, increasing attendance numbers from 6 at their first event to over 150 at last year’s Solstice Lantern Parade. They have worked with local community groups and organisations as well as schools and other conservation bodies. For example when “Honey” was staged at Strathmashie, children from four local schools attended this piece of environmental theatre and worked with LFT and the Forestry Commission on educational games and distributed material provided by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Development Manager at The Laggan Forest Trust, Robin Jackson told us “While we are sorry to say goodbye to Gail and Lindsay, and wish them all the very best, we want to reassure visitors and locals that the Wolftrax trails are not closing. The Forestry Commission are seeking someone to run a catering service here at Wolftrax, which will run for two years until the opening of the new Forest Centre, when the running of the new café will be open to tenders”
“The trails are still very much open to mountain bikers and we hope that they will continue to visit in their thousands to enjoy these renowned trails.”