We have worked closely with Forestry and Land Scotland to ensure the course will help satisfy them that volunteers have an appropriate level of knowledge and capability to meet their requirements when inspecting and maintaining trails, which will help address other land managers' concerns.
The course will also help prepare participants to plan and deliver quality volunteer dig sessions. And finally, it will help boost participants' confidence and skills in terms of understanding basic principles that will help them design and build out problems on trails – for example, to avoid problems with drainage that leads to erosion or poor ride experience.
Through our own team at DMBinS and a select group of tutors we will be developing 2 pilot courses in Spring, with the aim of finalised courses being available this summer.
The aim is to keep the cost relatively low so we can encourage more groups to go through the course and do more good work on Scotland’s trails. Courses will be delivered locally, on the groups own trails so we can make these as specific as possible.
Keep an eye on our channels for updates regarding these new Volunteer Trail Planning, Building, and Maintaining Courses. Working towards them being available in summer/autumn 2022!