A £31,128 grant from FCC Communities Foundation will be used to develop and build the Blue trail as well as upgrade the core multipurpose path which cuts across the site at the Corsee Woods location on the west side of Banchory.

Photo of DBC Youth Rider getting some airtime, sporting the DBC Jersey

The addition of these funds to our existing SportScotland funding and other smaller but important funding sources gives us secure funding with which we can confidently commission phase 1 of the project.

The bike trails will be a fantastic asset to the local community and wider Deeside area.  The popularity of cycle sports has grown exponentially since the project started, so with the creation of these trails, we know they will provide the community, and visitors to the area, with the type of professionally constructed trails that are required to push and develop the sport further.

“This project will provide a real boost to the people of Banchory, It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our Trails taking shape over the next few months”

Jamie Ritchie, Funding Lead & Trustee of Deeside Bike Collective

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, FCC Community Foundations grant manager says: “We are delighted to be supporting Deeside Bike Collective to bring this project to fruition, this is an exciting project and we look forward to work starting shortly”.

We are excited to see the benefits and reward the site will have for families and bikers young and old, offering inclusiveness and easy access to purpose-built trails. Seeing the value the site will provide for the local clubs and coaches that will utilise the trails for youth development sessions, along with Active Schools, the Scouts and other community groups will be very gratifying.

We will be keeping our members informed of our project as the next phase proceeds. Join us if you want to support us, hear our news and be invited to our events.

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We greatly look forward to seeing people out enjoying the trails and woodland by the summer of 2023!

(The date has shifted slightly since this post – see the latest news)


Jamie Ritchie

Jamie Ritchie

Funding Lead and Trustee, love the great outdoors and keeping up with my kids on their bikes!