For the last few years, recreational activity in Durris Forest has kept a fairly low profile. The area is well known to local walkers, horse riders, rally enthusiasts (for a stage of the annual Granite City Rally) and a number of mountain bikers.
No longer! The choice of NETCO (North East Trail Centre Organization) to put forward ideas for an investment of up to £10 million in Durris Forest has been advertised recently, after a review of four possible locations in Aberdeenshire for a state of the art mountain biking facility.
There have been some preliminary discussions between NETCO and local groups, including the Crathes Drumoak and Durris Community Council. So far the plans have been reasonably well received, but during 2018 there will be more community consultation, including further consultation with Friends of Durris Forests.
A informal information drop-in session has been arranged by NETCO at Durris Kirkton Hall on Wednesday 7 November 2.30pm - 8.00pm, so come along to find out more. You can also record you views on an online survey at:
Funding has yet to be secured for this large project, but the large aspirations are clear from the Final Concept Map shown below.
For more information see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41983842