National Trust & London 2012 in tandem for the Olympics!

Box Hill woodland scrub cleared for Olympic cycle races

Up to 15,000 fans will be able to watch the Olympic cycle road race at Box Hill in Surrey as a

result of the The National Trust cutting back woodland scrub to create a spectator area on

both sides of Zig Zag Hill.

Spectators may be charged to watch the cycle race from the prime vantage point, and

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton said it would be perfectly appropriate to consider

charging for the tickets because of the work put in to create the space.

The National Trust said the woodland scrub was cleared after the London Organising

Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog), carried out wildlife surveys into the long-term

management of the area’s habitat. The Trust hopes it will also encourage species such as

small blue butterflies and man orchids to return to the area.

Andy Wright, National Trust countryside manager for Box Hill, said: “It’s great news that so

many people will be able to enjoy the races in this wonderful natural setting.

The Olympic road cycling race will start in The Mall in London on 28 and 29 July and from

Richmond the athletes head off on a large loop through Surrey taking in Walton on Thames,

Weybridge, West Byfleet, West Horsley and Dorking. The cyclists will ride a 9.6 miles-circuit

around Box Hill, including the National Trust’s Zig Zag Hill.

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