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From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
From the roots to the shoots 2010   Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable
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From the roots to the shoots 2010 Andy Wardman - Why are Volunteers Valuable

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Andy's presentation on the Glentress Trail Faries from the 2010 IMBA-UK Conference in Glentress

Andy's presentation on the Glentress Trail Faries from the 2010 IMBA-UK Conference in Glentress

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  • Background – Role as CLD Worker and Trailfairy Involvement
    Courses - Encourage personal responsibility and contributing to the sport
    Cycle Maintainence, local riding and skills, Trail maintainence and construction, Trail Riding
    Encouraging participants to contribute to society. Not as “Community Service” or punishment, as some have thought. To gain new skills and knowledge, to contribute to towards an activity from which they benefit, to make a positive difference, to recognise that volunteering can be enjoyable. To provide “learning opportunities” that may not be seen as such by participants. For the educational community, what we do on these courses dovetail with the new “Curriculum for Excellence”, a programme that applies to educationalists both within and outwith schools.
    Volunteering. Make opportunities for volunteering easy and enjoyable. Every single youngster taking part in this summers courses stated they had enjoyed the “Trail Maintainence sessions, the majority going further and saying they would be willing to do more such sessions.
    Healthy Lifestyles. Our courses are physical activity, but pitched according to the participants, they are outdoors and encourage physical activity. The same is true for Trailfairy activities out on the Trails.
    Recognising Achievement. As a CLD Worker, I want to make activities easily accessible to young people. Trailfairies offer the opportunity to build on from what we do in our holiday courses. Individuals contributions to Trailfairy sessions can count towards a number of Achievement Award programmes. Some local young people have used sessions towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme programme. other Award schemes can be used – John Muir Awards, Millenium Volunteers, Youth Achievement Award. In Midlothian, we offer tasters – we want young people to make the next step and commit (not just to “tick the boxes” for an award) to becoming a volunteer, but enjoying being a volunteer for the contribution they make to society as opposed as to purely for what they can gain materially.
    Other benefits: I feel there is great scope to offer skills training, establishing routines and a sense of commitment and achievement for young people seeking their first jobs. Trailfairies has the potential to provide individuals with a sense of purpose, pride and “Belonging”.
    Perhaps for some Trailfairies offers the chance to help design, and craft trails – even get the privilege of “first tracking” when sections are completed!
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    • 1. 10 September From The Roots to From the Roots to the Shoots Andy Wardman - Why are volunteers valuable
    • 2. Volunteering - why are volunteers valuable? A look at the.. Andy Wardman - FCS MTB Ranger, Trailfairy Supervisor Rich Latimer - Trailfairy volunteer, TVTC, Bikes & Berms Bruce Fraser - Trailfairy volunteer, Midlothian Council
    • 3. Footer text10/09/20103 Valuable Volunteers Intro • About the Trailfairies • Why Trailfairy volunteers are valuable to FCS, 7stanes & the Tweed Valley • Trailfairies - a volunteer’s perspective • Linking trail riding and trail building • Summary, Q & A
    • 4. Footer text10/09/20104 Valuable Volunteers About the Trailfairies • Volunteer trailbuilding group who help with mtb trail maintenance work and trail refreshment at Glentress Forest • Managed/supervised by Forestry Commission Scotland • Sessions fortnightly on Saturdays (9am - 1pm) all year round • Accessible - free, no pre booking/membership/previous experience required • Why the ‘Trailfairies’??
    • 5. Footer text10/09/20105 Valuable Volunteers History of the Trailfairies • Est. Feb 2002 by FCS and Pete Laing • 2002 - 2004: new trails/features during Phase 1 of 7stanes Project First ‘fairy session - Feb 2002, Wormhole trail, Black Route Ewok Village timber trails, 2002
    • 6. Footer text10/09/20106 Valuable Volunteers History of Trailfairies • Restarted in Jan 2006 • ~5950 volunteer hours contributed since then (≡ £35k labour) Year Projects Total Vols Total Sessions Sat vol (Av) Wed eve vol (Av) 2006 Pie Run; Freeride/Skills/Magic Mushroom maint’; Falla Brae re route 307 29 12.5 6 2007 Essentials timber trails; Shallow Grave; Blue Route/Freeride/Lombard St/Falla Brae maint’; Pie Run exit re routes; Mushroom Pie 193 25 7.5 5.5 2008 Mushroom Pie; Zoom or Bust 255 26 11 4.5 2009 Zoom or Bust; Magic Mushroom/Pie Run/Falla Brae/Hit Squad Hill/Boundary Trail/Deliverance /Redemption maint’; Broon Troot exit 337 27 14 6.5 2010 Magic Mushroom resurfacing/re route; Falla Brae Black option re route 283* 19 (27) 17* 9 *sessions completed to date in 2010
    • 7. Footer text10/09/20107 Valuable Volunteers How ‘Fairy Sessions Work • ‘fairy jobs/projects picked from overall FCS trail maintenance program • larger jobs/projects sit on 7stanes maintenance work program • smaller maintenance jobs from trail quality notes (e.g de berming) • Close link between FCS and volunteers
    • 8. Footer text10/09/20108 Valuable Volunteers How ‘Fairy Sessions Work • FCS plan/organise/supervise sessions. Provide and maintain safe/healthy work conditions and equipment (supply PPE, tools, R.A’s, signage, training etc). • FCS manages volunteer sign up, records, web updates • FCS MTB Ranger acts as Designer, Forest Works Manager for trail works • 3rd party liability cover (via FC’s ‘self insurance’) for trailbuilding sessions and volunteers • Trailfairy Code of Conduct - for volunteers
    • 9. Footer text10/09/20109 Valuable Volunteers Why Trailfairy Volunteers Are Valuable • Important contribution to trail maint’ program • help keep trails in good condition - safe/fun • Cost effective (minimal cash costs) • e.g. Pie Run trail @ 480m long (≡ £7.5 - 10k via contractors)
    • 10. Footer text10/09/201010 Valuable Volunteers Why Trailfairy Volunteers Are Valuable • Excellent trail advocates: • promote good trail etiquette • care & pride in trails • promote the trails, trail developments • Ideas and input • Wide range of skills • Feedback on trails/trail issues • Education - spread trailbuilding knowledge • wider mtb community develop better understanding of trail maintenance - how and why
    • 11. Footer text10/09/201011 Valuable Volunteers Why Trailfairy Volunteers Are Valuable • Building/maintaining trail with the fairies: • where excavator access is difficult/not desirable, efficient or cost effective. • low environmental impact. Lower impact on canopy • trail built tighter through trees, rocks and roots preserved/incorporated more easily.
    • 12. Footer text10/09/201012 Valuable Volunteers • high quality/robust trail yet retain more ‘natural’, intimate feel • adds to range of ‘trail types’ at GT • contribute to program of trail refreshment - encourage repeat rider visits & raise overall quality of trail network = help boost local economy One way for FCS to deliver part of Scottish Forestry Strategy: 1. Improving the health & well being of people & communities
    • 13. Footer text10/09/201013 Valuable Volunteers Volunteering for the Trailfairies? Name: Richard Latimer (Rich) Profession: Engineering/Mountain Biking Businesses Age: 39 Fairie: 4 years Just a Big Fairie! Hello and welcome to the Tweed Valley!
    • 14. Footer text10/09/201014 Valuable Volunteers The Trailfairies • Who we are? • Why do we do it? • What’s it all about? • What else do we do? • The future
    • 15. Footer text10/09/201015 Valuable Volunteers Who we are • A group of people from all ages and all walks of life • Men & Women • Young & not so young • Adults, teenagers, younger kids • Average around 12 trail builders per session • Energy, enthusiasm, fun, experience, responsible • Local & from further a field • Approximately 50% from within a 10 mile radius • Long distance fairies regularly travelling up to 100miles • A wealth of experience and knowledge • Accountants, architects, engineers, mechanics, students, IT The common denominator - Mountain Biking
    • 16. Footer text10/09/201016 Valuable Volunteers Why do we do it? • Giving something back • Knowledge & Experience • Free parking • Health & Fitness • Helping & Involvement • A real say in what gets built • Riding, • Meeting people • Fun and enjoyment Or is it for the cakes?
    • 17. Footer text10/09/201017 Valuable Volunteers What’s it all about? • Sexy Soil & Jaffa Cake Boxes • High quality trail work • Knowledge or education of the trails and how they are built • Health & safety • Flowing trails • Drainage • Parties • Purpose • Responsibility • Exercise • Skills • Fresh Air • Making friends
    • 18. Footer text10/09/201018 Valuable Volunteers What else do we do • Working with the local mountain biking community • Peebles Cycling Club • Innerleithen MTB Racing • Tweed Valley Tourism Consortium • The Tweed Valley Bike Patrol • Enabling things to happen • Events • European Downhill Series • Air Maiden • Demo Days • Kids Downhill Series • Winter Downhill series • Dual slalom • SXC Series
    • 19. Footer text10/09/201019 Valuable Volunteers The Future • Maintaining existing trail network • Trail use • Visitor numbers • Community responsibility • Progressive development • Developing ability • Funding challenges • Developing knowledge & responsibility • Enabling things to happen • Community buy in • More events • Bigger cakes • Better riding • Moving mountain biking forward
    • 20. Footer text10/09/201020 Valuable Volunteers A Community Activity - trail riding and trail building • Background - Bruce Fraser, CLD Worker Midlothian Council and Trailfairy • Broad based approach to courses offered • Putting something “back into the system” • Encouraging Volunteering • Encouraging healthy lifestyles • Opportunities for recognising achievement • Other benefits
    • 21. Footer text10/09/201021 Valuable Volunteers Summary • FCS led volunteer group, maintaining/refreshing trails to high standard • Skilled, experienced & enthusiastic volunteers - very valuable to FCS, 7stanes and Tweed Valley • The future - maintaining/progressing the trails. Important role of volunteers. • Linking trail riding with trailbuilding. Trailfairies - an excellent opportunity for informal education Thankyou! Hope you can make it along to the trailbuilding session tomorrow at Glentress

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