The origins and development of the Deeside Bike Collective and Banchory Woodland Trails Project

2012 -2013

Banchory Mountain Bike Club

Formed in response to local community concern around trail and jump building in Corsee wood and on and around Scolty hill. There was increasing input from Local community and Forestry Commission to develop a plan.


Deeside Bike Collective

became a constituted Group within the Banchory & District Initiative Ltd. Group

Corsee Woods

identified as preferred trails location through consultation with Community and Forestry Commission

Feasibility Study Completed


Part of the Community

Banchory Bike Trails included within the Banchory Community Plan

Planning Permission

application submitted. Environmental Study commissioned


We raised funds through community engagement


Deeside Bike Collective

became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Planning Permission


Environmental Study Completed


Acquiring the Land

We applied for the Community Asset Transfer of Land
from Forestry Scotland

Fundraising Programme

to support acquisition of land and building of trails

Banchory Woodland Trails

Project renamed. Community engagement continued.


Acquire and Build Fundraising

became a coordinated rolling program of events

Publicity and project marketing

strategy built and initiated


Land transfer completed

making us the owners of the land at Corsee Woods

Main Project Funding Applications

prepared for the Scottish Land Fund, Community Ownership Fund, Cycling Facilities Fund

Launch of new website

To support membership growth and newsletter subscription


Fundraising activities

ongoing fundraising programme to bolster funds and further community engagement

Forestry Management

rollout with the formation of a dedicated sub-group

Project Design and Commission

This is a very exciting stage for the project. Join the core team if you think you can contribute to the next phase.