Ballacobb benefits from green lane work

The Four-Wheel Drive Club work on the Ballacobb track

The Four-Wheel Drive Club work on the Ballacobb track

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Improvements to one of the island’s green lanes were completed recently by members of the Isle of Man Four Wheel Drive Club as well as members of the local off-road motorcycling community.

Around 20 people – all of them volunteers – took part in the exercise to finish off improvements to the Ballacobb track near Ballaugh.

The work was started earlier in the year on the track and finished off earlier this month.

Among the work which was completed was installation of new marker posts. This is to highlight the course of the legal highway which can become obscured by undergrowth allowing travellers to stray from it into the surrounding countryside.

Final improvements were also made to the cross cut drains which were put in place earlier this year allowing rainwater to run freely from the lane itself rather than running down the surface and eroding it.

Julian Wood for the volunteers said: ‘The track will now be rested for the winter and closed to vehicular access to give the improvements the best possible chance to establish themselves.’

He added the entire committee of the Green Lane Users’ Group were delighted with the results.

‘We feel the ecologically sensitive approach taken to improve this historic greenway can be rolled out to other tracks in need of improvement and would like to thank the Department of Infrastructure and all volunteers for their continued support.’

He added over the winter members of the group hoped to work on improving signs marking out the tracks.

‘Markers are missing in some places and people do not follow what is on the original 1860 map,’ he said.

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