Ongoing harvesting operations in Tunstall and Rendlesham forests
Harvesting operations have been underway in Tunstall Forest for some months now with sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Viking Trail affected along with the forest further south which we had previously used for rounds of Mud, Sweat & Gears.
It is a great loss to lose the Far End 4 trails, however it does show the importance of co-operation with the Forestry Commission and the protection that offical recognition and marking of the Viking Trail has given. It has to be remembered that Tunstall and Rendlesham are commercial plantations and the use of the forests is at the Foresty Commissions discretion.
This area of harvesting is now coming to a close and the harvesting team have been careful to preserve the affected sections of the Viking trail and keep it open for use. There has been some damage where heavy machinery has crossed the trail, however this is fairly light. There will still be operations ongoing in Tunstall to remove the harvested timber and riders must always obey any warnings or restrictions for your own safety and of the harvesting team.
Through 2015 harvesting work will also be ongoing in parts of Rendlesham forest. These parts and the affected trails will be closed. Further information can be found on the Forestry Commission website http://www.forestry.gov.uk/rendlesham and the Harvesting Operations page.