Volunteers sought for Naseby track work

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The Naseby Charitable Trust is calling for donations and volunteers as part of a Givealittle campaign to restore mountain bike tracks in the Naseby Forest.

The forest is owned by logging company Ernslaw One, which recently felled trees around areas where the tracks lie.

Track builder Kila Hepi said the club needed to reinstate about 25km of tracks in the forest to ensure they were rideable by summer. The group is calling for volunteers to help prepare the area, which involves clearing broom and trimming trees.

The group would also need to restore drainage systems around the area, he said.

“Erosion’s going to be the key issue.

“It’s imperative that you stay on top of your maintenance of the tracks used the most.”

Mr Hepi hoped to hold a couple of working bees each month before Christmas.

The trust also has also launched a Givealittle campaign in the hope of raising about $26,000 to hire a digger to complete the heavy-duty work.

Trustee Adair Craik said the work would take months if it involved volunteers alone, and it was important to have the tracks ready for tourist season in summer, both for mountain bikers and recreational users.

Tourists coming to Naseby brought a “vital injection” of funds into the local economy, she said, which helped businesses. The recreational forest area was also used by joggers through to dog-sledders, she said, and restoring the tracks would benefit the whole community.

Anyone happy to volunteer for track work or to give to the campaign is asked to contact Adair Craik, 021 309-439.