Friday, 17 June 2011

Wildwood calls for safer road

Peter Smith, Chief Executive of the popular Wildwood Wildlife Park near Canterbury will give a speech to Canterbury City Council's, Joint Transportation Board at the Guild Hall 7.00pn Tuesday 21st June.


Peter is calling on the speed limit on the A291 between Sturry and Canterbury to be lowered to 40 miles per hour.


Peter said "The A291, Herne Bay to Canterbury road,  outside of Wildwood, needs a lower speed limit. The stretch of road in question is an accident blackspot which has claimed lives and caused injury to many local residents, most recently a motorcyclist who sadly died on the road in March of this year.  Its long curves encourage drivers to drive too fast and visitors who come to Wildwood by bus find the crossing the road stressful due to speeding cars giving them little or no time to cross. "


Wildwood Trust's growing popularity our promotion of public transport as part of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact means that many thousands of visitors take the bus and this number is increasing.  Wildood offers half price admission to bus users and free entry to selected community groups who visit us by public transport. We feel that by offering customers an incentive to travel by public transport we are helping families to do their bit for the environment by leaving the car at home for the day.


Peter is supporting Wildwood's local councillor, Tony Austin, who is proposing this measure. While no Wildwood visitors have been hurt on the road, we would like to see the stretch outside Wildwood made as safe as possible for visitors both to Wildwood and the Wealdon Forest business park. 




Images - images of the park or road outside are available on request - please email


Fiona Paterson
Marketing and Press Officer
Wildwood Trust
Tel: 01227 712 111

Wildwood Trust
Herne Common
Herne Bay

Registered Charity No 1093702

Wildwood Trust is Kent's unique 'Woodland Discovery Park', a visitor attraction with a difference.

Wildwood is not only the best place to bring the family for a day out, but it is also a bold and innovative new charity, backed by the UK's leading wildlife conservationists. As a new charity Wildwood needs everyone's support in its mission to save our native and once native wildlife from extinction.

Wildwood Trust's vision is to bring back our true 'wildwood', a unique new way of restoring Britain's land to its natural state. This involves releasing large wild herbivores and developing conservation grazing systems to restore natural ecological processes to help Britain team with wildlife again.

Wildwood is an ideal day out for all the family where you can come 'nose to nose' with British Wildlife. Wildwood offers its members and visitors a truly inspirational way to learn about the natural history of Britain by actually seeing the wildlife that once lived here.

Set in a sublime 38 acres of Ancient Woodland, Wildwood offers visitors a truly unique experience. Come Nose to Nose with our secretive badgers, experience what it is like to be hunted by a real live pack of wolves, watch a charging wild boar or track down a beaver in his lodge.

Wildwood Trust runs a highly successful programme of Conservation Projects

- we are the UK's leading experts in rescuing and re-establishing colonies of Britain's most threatened mammal, the water vole. Wildwood Trust has pioneered the use of ancient wild horses to restore nature reserve. Wildwood Trust has been at the forefront of efforts to re-establish the European Beaver back in Britain where they belong. European Beaver have been proven to help manage water ways to bring back a huge range of plants, insects and animals.

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