Wildwood Trust, Kent’s unique British wildlife park and conservation charity, is celebrating after being granted desperately-needed funding to repair the park’s woodland pathways and install a concreted entrance to their car park.
As a conservation charity, Wildwood is dedicated to educating people about British wildlife and wild spaces and uses its ancient woodland setting to achieve this goal. Making our woodland park easily navigable for visitors whilst being sensitive to the natural environment can be challenging; heavy rain has resulted in many pathways around the park becoming severely waterlogged and muddy, making some areas almost impassable. The cold weather has made other paths uneven and difficult to navigate – particularly for those with additional mobility needs or pushchairs.
Viridor Credits Environmental Company has come to the rescue, granting this project £15,320 funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. This grant will enable Wildwood to carry out much needed repairs to the damaged areas and upgrade the paths with recycled materials to withstand future wear. The new concrete entrance will solve the problem of potholes and uneven surfaces for people visiting with cars. These renovations will ensure visitors can enjoy exploring Wildwood all year round.
Gareth Williams, Operations Manager at Viridor Credits, said “Viridor Credits is proud to continue to support Wildwood Trust’s educational aims in Kent, and this project will enable people of all abilities to see the important work they are doing there.”
Paul Whitfield, Wildwood’s Director General, said: “Thanks to the continued generous support of Viridor Credits, people from all across Kent will be able to discover Wildwood and what a rewilded Britain looks like, regardless of ability or needs. We hope that you will bear with us whilst we continue with these improvements and strive to offer the best experience to all our visitors.”
This recent development, combined with the new wolf platform and kiosk extension to the café, means that the past few months have seen some huge refurbishments to the park with a focus on increasing access and making sure everyone is able to enjoy their visit.
Work to concrete the entrance to Wildwood’s car park will begin on Monday 23rd April, carried out by the Wildwood ranger team together with the help of volunteers from the local community. This does mean there will be some minor disruption when entering the park, however Wildwood is still open and welcoming all visitors.