Forest lit up for night-time ride

Cyclists help promote green energy

Dozens of cyclists went on a night ride through Kielder Forest in Northumberland to promote green energy.

The event, called the Wood Rush, was the biggest night-time cycle ride of its kind in North-East England and attracted some 150 riders. They rode along an illuminated track from KielderCastle to LeaplishWatersidePark and back.

It was organised as part of the Northumberland Lights festival in conjunction with NEWHeat – an initiative to encourage businesses to reduce carbon emissions by switching their heat energy supply to wood.

John Farquhar, of NEWHeat , said: “The North-East is incredibly well-placed to champion wood heat as an alternative energy supply, as we have such rich sources of sustainable woodland, such as KielderForest, right on our doorstep. Holding the Wood Rush event at Kielder seemed a great way to highlight what we’re doing in the region and engage the public in our mission to change the energy cycle. It’s been great to see so many people taking part."

For further information, visit www.northumberlandlights.com or www.newheat.org.

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