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1 South West Manager recognised for contribution to recreation

The man leading the 1 South West off road cycling project has been recognised by the Forestry Commission for his contribution to recreation in England.

Paul Hawkins receiving his award for most significant contribution to recreation, from Forestry Commission Peninsula's Acting Forest District Manager Robert Harris

Paul Hawkins was given an award by the Forestry Commission for having made the most significant contribution to recreation in England in the last 12 months. Paul has led the 1 South West project from the start and to date the project has opened a range of trails at Moors Valley, Haldon Forest Park, Forest of Dean, and two South West Lakes Trust sites. New trails are also under construction in Bristol, and plans are progressing in Cornwall and Plymouth.

The project is funded by the RDPE and has a number of project partners including the Forestry Commission, the National Trust and South West Lakes Trust.

The aim of the project is to not only create first class off road cycling hubs across the South West, but also to create opportunities for new and existing businesses such as cycle hire shops, accommodation providers and cafes.

Paul has overseen the whole project and has ensured that every development has happened on time and within budget – no easy job when there are so many sites and partners involved.

Paul says: “I enjoy every minute of working on the 1 South West project, and whilst it has been a challenge it is also very rewarding. I am inspired by Forestry Commission’s commitment to recreation and have enjoyed working with them on the project. It has been great to bring so many different partners together to deliver outstanding off road cycling opportunities for people to enjoy.

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