A quick update.
What’s happening with the TVTA?
We’ve had lots of enquiries about what TVTA is doing at the moment, so we wanted to give you an update on where we are at and what we’ve been working on.
It’s been a busy few months since we got the board established in December 2017. It’s mainly been working on all the essential setup stuff like getting our comms, governance and paperwork together, but we need to do this before we get to the good stuff- getting our hands dirty and digging trails!
First thing was to get the board set up and roles and responsibilities sorted - and what a great group of people we have on board! There's a wealth of experience with trail builders, a trail coordinator for races, an accountant, business admin, governance and community engagement experts. A fantastic mix of folk to run the charity. Everyone is a volunteer with busy lives, and they are all giving their own time to help develop a sustainable trail infrastructure for the Tweed Valley's wild trails.
The start up stuff takes time, but in the meantime we've got to give credit to Cat who’s developed an awesome new website. Gordon MacRae has been gathering info from riders through the recent riders survey, Gordon Smith has been getting our tools and safety equipment together using local suppliers, Colin and Marc’s experience of trail management has helped them start bringing together trail management plans, Krysia’s been getting our finances together so we can take donations and raise funds for the charity, Chris and Neil have been moving things forward with Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), and Aneela as TVTA Secretary keeps everyone and everything organised. Busy!!!
We’ve also been getting volunteers trained up and ready for dig days. Lots of paper work around this with health and safety being a top priority, but once it's in place we can hopefully take it forward to make it easier to engage with landowners. Thanks to Gav Storie, Ewan Sandison, Kev Murray, Neil Carnegie, Aneela McKenna and Chris Ball who all are now qualified trail repair co-ordinators. We will be looking for more volunteers for Trail Inspector and Volunteer Leader courses, so keep an eye out for more info. We need to get an army of dig dudes and dudettes - to dig for victory!
We’ve also had a couple of very productive meetings with FES to tell them about our vision and what our plans are for the future. There's been a great positive dialogue with the officials from FES and can't thank DMBinS enough for their support and collaboration with getting the TVTA off the ground. It's important that we continue to develop and work in partnership with land managers in the Tweed Valley - we hope that this gets us to a position where we can help manage the trail network. In the meantime, we are delighted to be supporting Andy and Mark from the Trail Fairies with their Innerleithen "Take Care of Your Trails Weekend" over the 7th and 8th April. This is going to take place on the lower Innerleithen DH tracks and is one of the few times there has been an open invite for the public to come and work on projects outside the trail centres. Get the dates in your diary - more info to follow.
So that’s it for now! Look out for the results of the survey, which we're still wading through - massive engagement, thank you!!! There was a prize draw to everyone who entered, and we'll be posting the winner on the Facebook page shortly.