Stoke Park Bike Jumps

Closed 31 Oct 2014

Opened 15 Sep 2014

Feedback Updated 16 Feb 2015

We Asked

Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statement: "The existing mountain bike facility is a positive use of the forest." Do you feel the bike jump facilities are a well-used facility in Stoke Park?

You Said

74% strongly agreed and 15% strongly disagreed that the existing mountain bike facility is a positive use of the forest. 79% agreed and 21% disagreed that the bike jump facilities are a well-used facility in Stoke Park.

We Did

Following the consultation results we will be to inviting those that expressed an interest in managing Stoke Park Bike Jumps to meet with the Forestry Commission to discuss what would be involved and required if this facility is to be formalised. Those that have expressed an interest via the consultation will be contacted directly.

Results Updated 16 Feb 2015

 

We have recently completed this consultation on the unofficial bike facility at Stoke Park Woods.  

 Guided by feedback gathered via this consultation on whether the forest users feel the facility is suitable and wanted in this particular area, we are now looking to further explore the two options available to us at this stage: either removing the bike jumps OR a representative group to fully manage the facility as a wild biking trail.

We will be contacting those who have expressed an interest in being involved in managing the facility if it is formalised, to discuss exactly what would be required of any group looking to manage the Stoke Park bike jumps.

Overview

A set of unauthorised bike jumps in a run following a hill from top to bottom, of approximately 100m, has been constructed in an area of beech in the central part of the wood.  The Forestry Commission, the mountain bike riders and the local residents are currently involved in a discussion about how best to move forward with the situation.  This is about to enter a phase of public consultation which will aim to provide a way forward with either removal of the facility OR self external management of the site.  Additional excavations to the main site are also being made which are being dealt with by FC resources and not part of this consultation.

Stoke Park wood is situated one mile east of the railway town of Eastleigh and sits on a plateau one mile to the west of Fair Oak village.  The wood is owned by the Forestry Commission and consists of approximately 90Ha of mixed woodland featuring mature beech, larch and Douglas fir and recently planted oak, cherry and ash.  The wood is managed on a continuous cover silviculture basis and provides a local and sustainable timber resource to local industry as well as providing an important woodland habitat for both flora and fauna.

Due to its proximity to the town of Eastleigh and the villages of Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Colden Common, the wood is very popular with local residents for activities such as dog walking, walking and general fitness and exercise.

The Forestry Commission works to achieve balanced management objectives in and around the wood.  In addition to forest management and sustainable timber production this has been achieved through various recreation projects such as Sense and Motion which started with a consultation in 2010.  This project helped to design and install all ability trails, forest interpretation signs and natural play equipment into the wood for the enjoyment of forest users and local community groups.

Why We Are Consulting

We are asking for your views to ensure that we achieve an appropriate balance of objectives in managing recreational activities in Stoke Park Woods.

We will be guided by feedback gathered via this consultation on whether the forest users feel the facility is suitable and wanted in this particular area . At this stage the options are either removing the bike jumps OR working alongside a representative group to help manage the facility as a wild biking trail. Following this stakeholder consultation, the future of the bike jump facility will be decided and progressed accordingly.

With this in mind, to help us gauge public opinion on the cycling provision in Stoke Park, we would be grateful if you would complete the survey below. 

If you require a hard copy of the survey to complete offline or guidance to complete the questionnaire, please contact Zoe Cox or call 023 8028 6849

What Happens Next

This consultation is now closed. We are currently analysing the results. These will help us in determining the future management of the site."

 

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Local community member
  • Forest visitor

Interests

  • Recreation