A recent walk in the sunshine through Clapham's delightful nature reserve, Brown's Wood, was spoilt by the unwelcome sound of racing motor cycles. Exhaust fumes hung in the air, the paths were rough with tyre marks and there were patches of oil in the grass. The usual sound of birds was drowned out by revving engines.
Local youngsters, it seems, are in the habit of using the grassy rides and woodland paths as a motorcycle scrambles course. Great fun, I know – I did the same at their age – but upsetting for walkers, their dogs and their children, and simply not the appropriate use of an area set aside for wildlife.
Might I suggest two solutions to what is rapidly becoming a significant local problem?
Firstly, that some proper fencing, including some self-closing ‘kissing gates’, is installed to keep all but walkers out of Brown’s Wood?
Secondly, that some big-hearted and community-spirited local landowner might offer the youngsters a patch of land where they can ride their bikes to their hearts’ content without annoying anyone?
Letters' Pages Times & Citizen (26 June) and Beds on Sunday (29 June 2014)