TJ donates chalk to Queen Elizabeth Country Park bike trail project

TJ Transport has donated 40 tonnes of rock chalk to Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield to enable the construction of a new bike trail for riders who are keen to try off road cycling for the first time. The Park already has two official bike trails for mountain biking – a Blue Route and Red Route – with the donated chalk being used to construct a new third route.

The new trail has been constructed by the Queen Elizabeth Country Park Trail Collective – a group of local mountain bikers volunteers – who work in partnership with the Park. TJ was happy to contribute to the project when approached regarding a donation.

TJ delivered the ‘as dug’ chalk to the park in spring and it is now being used to surface the new trail. The work is being done by volunteers from the Trail Collective who started clearing the route in April, and the project is due to be completed by the end of the summer.

The new route will weave its way through a valley with lots of flowing berms and plenty of simple features. Although only 300m in length, it will be perfect for new riders to practice their skills before venturing onto the main existing Blue Route.

TJ’s rock chalk is quarried at Butser Quarry, off the A3 near Petersfield, a close neighbour to the Country Park. The chalk can be utilised in many forms including crushed chalk, ‘as dug’ chalk, gabion rock chalk and aglime chalk.

Rock chalk is ideal for many purposes and is most commonly used in construction as a primary general fill aggregate. It is easily accessible to construction projects in Hampshire and  the surrounding areas and is extremely cost effective. Rock chalk is strong yet porous, making it ideal for projects where drainage is key.

Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation, Heritage and Rural Affairs, said: “We want Queen Elizabeth Country Park to be a must-ride biking destination for seasoned mountain bikers and also for novices. Hampshire County Council has a programme of improvements underway to encourage people to try off road biking for the first time and this new, more accessible trail is an exciting new addition. I’d like to thank the fantastic volunteers at the Trail Collective for their ongoing contribution to the Country Park and to local company TJ Transport for this donation, which is a huge boost to the development of this new trail which will be open for people to enjoy this summer.” 

The Queen Elizabeth Country Park Trail Collective was founded in 2011 and is made up of a group of mountain bikers who work to improve the trails at the Country Park. The Collective is able to operate thanks to its volunteers who choose to give a little something back in order to improve the trails for community use. Find out more here.

The existing Blue Route in the Country Park, which is around 6km in length, is suitable for all skill levels and features an all-weather trail surface and lots of flowy descents and berms. The Red Route is around 7.5km and is a largely natural single track with around 1000ft of ascent/descent. There are plenty of switchbacks and a few rollable features such as jumps.

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