On Saturday 3 September, our friends the VATpack, volunteered their Saturday for another days of bringing their project to fruition. Here are photo's of their very busy and productive day.
It's official. Our young people are Fantastic. Don't let anybody tell you any different.So often, we hear of young people getting into trouble, creating a disturbance, or just plain being a nuisance. Well, wait till you hear what our youngsters have been doing in Queensferry. Last year, we had the idea to set up a mountain-bike track. We had our eye on a strip of wasteland just behind Port Edgar, under the Forth Road Bridge.
Meantime, we were conducting guided tours of the site, showing round anyone (large scuptured mounds of earth), and pointed us to a Youtube clip so that we could all see what our track might look like. Things really got going from there.
By now, others were showing good support — the Community Council, Balfour Beatty, Port Edgar, Forth Road Bridge, Community Education, Community Woodlands Association, and Edinburgh Council. The Park Ranger then arranged a couple of visits to the Borders, to see how bikers at Glen Tress looked after their site.
GreenFerry bought in tools — bow saws, pruning saws, spades, pick-axes and, on our first working weekend,16 people turned up to help. Young people with a pickaxe and saw? You had to be there. Adults and young sters worked from 9am until 4pm both days, stopping sometimes for a mug of tea or to heat sausages on a make-shift barbecue. special thanks are due at this point to Park Ranger, Iwan Thomas, who spent many enthusiastic hours planning and organising events, and meetings, and getting this project off the ground. We are confident now, that, over the next few years, we will be able to bring to South Queensferry Edinburgh's first adventure bike track.