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Major plans for forest unveiled
Mountain biker
Among the plans is a new mountain bike trail
Plans for a major redevelopment of woodland in Cumbria have been unveiled.

Forest Enterprise, part of the Forestry Commission, is carrying out the 4m upgrade of the visitor centre and its surrounding paths and cycle tracks.

The project at Grizedale seeks to increase the profile of Lake District site which is visited by 200,000 people each year.

The plans include a mountain bike trail, camping facilities and an education centre.

Project officer Sue Manson said: "Primarily we are going to build on the existing facilities that are here.

Economy boost

"So we are not looking at knocking the whole thing down and starting again. We are basically going to use existing buildings and improve the facilities that are here for visitors at the moment."

Among the plans are the development of the sculpture park area and work with local farms to diversify with an idea that a campsite and horse riding facilities could be developed.

Another idea is to have more craft workshops and activities for visitors.

District forester Graham Prest said the aim is not to increase the number of visitors but to increase the length of time people stay in the area.

He said: "The big thing is a co-ordinated approach, looking at the wider area not just Grizedale.

"We don't want to increase numbers, we want people to stay longer when they are here and put more money into that local economy and local businesses in the area."

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