Woodland Wheels - Summary
All Additional funds going forward will go towards the Main Construction process.
Our Mission is to provide a fun, free facility to combine Sports and Nature all in one place. This is a unique opportunity to promote a healthy, fun activity for all ages but also engage people with nature and the surrounding area through exercise.
This stage is to secure the funding needed to commission a Feasibility Study for a new Woodland Wheels Facility. All extra funds will be put toward the main project build.
Anything helps, and in return we are offering you the chance to have a plaque placed permanently on the fence surrounding the facility. All donations will be promoted on social media with great thanks.
- £250 – Brass Leaf – 145mm x 100mm
- £500 – Acorn Large – 200mm x 140mm
Woodland Wheels - Our Vision
Our aim is to create a new Pump Track in Boat of Garten; a small rural village near Aviemore, Scotland. Woodland Wheels is based upon the principles of bringing people together and building strong relationships within the beautiful nature on our doorstep. Effectively, our project will bring disused, neglected public open space back into use as a much-needed community asset.
By creating local facilities we will be able to improve the current space, enabling it to be used for a wider range of community use. e.g .youth groups, sports clubs etc. Development of such facilities is believed to be key in areas where rural deprivation impacts access to services and activities, thereby restricting the development of young people. Furthermore, it is well documented that provision of free-for-all sports facilities drastically reduces instances of anti-social behaviour, as well as providing excellent mental health benefits.
Presently, there are no other pump track facilities within the Strathspey area and this therefore deprives local communities’ access to free of charge cycling training and competition venues. Indeed, this plan to construct a new pump track has been entirely community driven, a direct reflection of our community’s needs.
Two engagement activities have been performed in the past year involving the village as well as neighbouring communities.
The first activity was the "Boat of Garten - Big Conversation Action Plan", where the whole community was invited to register what they would like to see in the village. During this consultation, of all 18 registered projects, the Pump track was the most popular scoring 73%.
The second event involved a survey to agree the future use of a particular piece of open space. The pump track scored 109 votes overall, with a further 16 votes registered for an open meeting space and 11 for a basketball court.
Both of the above activities demonstrate the significant community support for the Woodland Wheels project.
We have now secured land ownership and contacted several major funders who have advised that until a feasibility study is in place, they cannot consider any applications towards building costs. The main purpose of such a document is to formally demonstrate evidence of need, community support and how the track will be maintained after construction.
We therefore require to raise funds in order to commission this feasibility study and are incredibly thankful for any assistance that will help us to reach our goal.