Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas from Wildwood

 

Christmas at Wildwood

Please note that Wildwood will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing day

Open every other day 10am - 4pm (last admission 3pm) including New Year's Day.

Merry Christmas from the Wildwood team

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Meet Father Christmas at Wildwood - PLUS Christmas trees!


 

Christmas at Wildwood

Meet Father Christmas!

Father Christmas is once again going to be at Wildwood in his grotto to meet all the good little boys and girls.
Every child will receive a special present from Father Christmas to take home. Photos will also be available for an additional fee.

Sat 1st & Sun 2nd December

Sat 8th & Sun 9th December

Sat 15th & Sun16th December

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd December  

1pm - 4pm each day. £6 per child*
*Wildwood membership or entry fees also apply.

To book please call the Wildwood Shop on 01227 712 111

 

Christmas trees coming soon – order yours today!

Wildwood will once again have Christmas trees for sale, with all proceeds going towards our conservation work to save British Wildlife.

Simply place your order with the Wildwood Shop for delivery to Wildwood. A 50% deposit is required at the time of ordering.  Larger trees also available on request.

A selection of trees (up to 6ft) will also be available to buy directly at the Wildwood Shop during December.  

To order please call the Wildwood Shop on 01227 712 111


Norway Spruce Price list

2ft (0.6m) = £5.75 / 3ft (0.9m) = £8.75 / 4ft (1.2m) = £11.50  / 5ft (1.5m) = £15 / 6ft (1.8m) = £24

7ft (2.1m) = £29 / 8ft (2.4m) = £36 / 9ft (2.7m) = £48  / 10ft (3m) = £60                    

 

Nordman / Frazer (non drop) Price list

2ft (0.6m) = £11.50 / 3ft (0.9m) = £17 / 4ft (1.2m) = £23 / 5ft (1.5m) = £36 / 6ft (1.8m) = £48

7ft (2.1m) = £55 / 8ft (2.4m) = £62 / 9ft (2.7m) = £79 / 10ft (3m) = £108                  

 

A selection of trees (up to 6ft) will also be available to buy directly at the Wildwood Shop during December.

To order please call the Wildwood Shop on 01227 712 111

Friday, 16 November 2012

Conservation courses at Wildwood

Conservation courses at Wildwood

Did you know that you can study conservation at Wildwood? We offer a diverse range of training courses for all levels of experience, from those simply looking to learn more about British Wildlife to people wishing to expand their conservation skills and experience.

To book any of the courses below please contact Tara lines on 01227 711 471 or email tara@wildwoodtrust.org  - Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 24th Nov - Introduction to the Smaller British Mustelids

An introduction to the smaller British mustelids –  weasels, stoats, polecats and pine martens and American Mink.  Identification, field signs, ecology, survey techniques and conservation will be covered.

Course Programme:

9.30 - 10.00 - Welcome tea and coffee

10.00 – 11.15 - Overview of stoats and weasels

11.15 – 11.35 - Break and Refreshments

11.35 – 12.45 - Overview of polecats and pine martens

12.45 – 1.30 - Break for lunch

1.30 – 3.30 - Tour of Wildwood visiting the small mustelids in our collection

3.30 - 3.45 - Tea break

3.45 – 4.15 - How to record Kent Mustelids (and other mammals). Examination  of specimens                                         

4.15 – 4.30 - Course Evaluations completed and Certificates handed out

 

9.30am – 4.30pm. £30 per person (includes Wildwood entry fee). Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston. To book call Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email tara@wildwoodtrust.org

 

Saturday 12th Jan 2013 - Small Mammal Survey Skills

Learn how to survey our smallest mammals using live, humane traps. Includes handling, sexing and identification, trap designs and mechanisms and principles of baiting and setting traps, surveying methods and legislation. In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)

9.30am – 4.15pm. £30 per person. (Book together with Kent Mammal ID Course for £50). To book call Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email tara@wildwoodtrust.org
*If a survey is carried out for KMG, the course fee may be refunded. Conditions apply.

 

Saturday 9th Feb 2013 - Kent Mammal Identification

Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings. Includes a tour of the wildlife park to see some of the animals in the flesh  and a close up examination of skins, skulls, antlers etc. Please note that this course does not include mice, voles or shrews which are covered in the Small Mammal Survey Skills course. In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)

9.45am – 4.00pm. £30 per person (Book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills course for £50). To book call Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email tara@wildwoodtrust.org
*If a survey is carried out for KMG, the course fee may be refunded. Conditions apply.

 

To book any course please e-mail: Tara@wildwoodtrust.org

We can offer tailor-made training for companies and organisations, including on-site training if appropriate. For more information on our conservation courses and services services please contact our team on: 01227 711 471

 

www.wildwoodtrust.org

www.watervole.wildwoodtrust.org

 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Wildwood half term event & Jobs


 

1) Half term events at Wildwood!
2) Change of opening hours
3) Wildwood vacancies

1) Half term events at Wildwood!
Autumn & winter events at Wildwood

We have lots going on this half term (and beyond) at Wildwood!

Monday 29th Oct - Harvest Moon Night Tour
See our animals under the moonlight on a guided tour around the park to coincide with the full moon.
6.30pm - 9pm. £25 per person (includes Wildwood entry fee). Min age 10yrs. Includes hot meal.  Must book.

Monday 29th - Friday 2nd Nov - Nature Detective Trail
Be a true nature detective and pick up your free CSI trail to solve the half-term mystery around the park. Crack the case to claim your special badge and certificate.
Drop in any time (no need to book). Only available whilst stocks last. Free event.

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd Nov - Celtic New Year Tales & Crafts
It's time to look forward to the Celtic new year! Learn all about the animals that were important in Celtic times and listen to amazing animal stories, plus make celtic crafts to take home.

  • Make a model Iron Age roundhouse
  • Make your own celtic raven
  • Clay modelling
  • Celtic animal tales

2pm - 3.30pm each day.  £2 per person, one adult free per family. Must book.

Sunday 4th Nov - Observational Drawing Course
Draw animal skulls, bones and antlers with advice on drawing techniques from local artist Terri Maloney. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
10am - 12pm or 2pm - 4pm each day.  £10 per person per session, or book both sessions for £15 per person. Min age 12yrs.  Must book.

Wednesday 7th Nov - Godmersham Game Night
Another amazing game night with Godmersham Game - back by popular demand! Enjoy a night walk to see our deer followed by 3 courses featuring fabulous local game. Bring a bag and stock up on game for your freezer. Strictly not for vegetarians!
6.45pm - 10m.  £25 per person.  Must book.

Saturday 17th Nov - Kent Mammal Identification Course
Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings (please note this course does not include mice, shrews or voles as these are covered on the Small Mammal Survey Skills course)
9.45am - 4pm  £30 per person (book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills for £50)
Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email 
tara@wildwoodtrust.org

Saturday 24th Nov - Introduction to the Smaller British Mustelids
This course will cover: identification, field signs, ecology, survey techniques and conservation in a classroom session and will include a site tour of the weasels, stoats, polecats, pine martens and American mink of Wildwood.
10am - 4.15pm  £30 per person 
Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email 
tara@wildwoodtrust.org

 

2) Change of opening hours

After the clocks go back and the nights draw in, our winter opening hours will be:

Sun 28th Oct - Sun 4th Nov: 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Mon 5th November - March: 10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm)

 

02) Wildwood vacancies

 We currently have the following vacancies at the park:

Park General Manager

This exciting new role of 'Park General Manager' will lead the park operations & commercial activity of our charity, dedicated to giving our visitors a great day out. Reporting to the Chief Executive with a remit to develop, exploit and manage all secondary spend opportunities whilst ensuring that the park is running smoothly and efficiently.

The Park Manager must have a deep understanding of customer service, facilities management, health and safety and project management, ideally coming from an environment where customer service is paramount.

The role will involve motivating and managing a team, dealing with visitors, personnel, accounting, facilities management and operations. You will be an experienced senior leisure professional, an accomplished and experienced team leader, combining strategic and business awareness with the ability to influence and collaborate across the whole organisation. You will understand leisure best practice in the UK and have delivered steady growth and innovative commercial developments in the leisure industry.

Click here to download and read the full job specification (PDF)

The closing date for applications is 3rd December 2012

 

Office Manager

Your primary focus will be the smooth running of a busy office. To maintain the Wildwood procedures and systems and ensuring an efficient secretarial facility.

The post holder will work closely with the Chief Executive, our finance team & with the managers of the operational teams.  This is a post which will make extensive use of the mix of skills and experience the successful applicant will bring to the job, including:

  • Internal communication
  • Financial Administration
  • Meeting servicing
  • Assisting the Chief Executive
  • Human Resources
  • Health & Safety

Click here to download and read the full job specification (PDF)

The closing date for applications is  19th November 2012

 

Administrator

Working with the Office Manager, your primary focus will be the smooth running of a busy office. To maintain the Wildwood procedures and systems and ensuring an efficient secretarial facility.

Duties will include:

  • Ordering Items needed by other departments
  • Record Accidents & Health and Safety information
  • Managing stocks of various equipment such as first aid and uniforms
  • Internal Communications
  • Assisting the Chief Executive
  • Human Resources
  • Health and Safe

Click here to download and read the full job specification (PDF)

The closing date for applications is 19th November 2012

 

To apply for any position:

Please download and read the relevant job description.

Application is by C.V. and must contain the following information:

- Name, address, contact phone numbers at home and work (for discreet calls only)
- Employment history
- Educational history

You should include a statement of the relevant skills and experience that you believe you will bring to the job, paying careful attention to the requirements outlined in the job specification. You should give two referees that we may contact for a confidential reference, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer.  References will only be taken up for those candidates chosen for interview or, with regard to current employer, on offer of contract.

Please note that we do not acknowlege applications.  If you would like yours to be acknowledged, please send via post and enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Applications should be sent to Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ or  Email: info@wildwoodtrust.org

 

Fiona Paterson
Wildwood Trust
Tel 01227 712 111


 


 

 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Wildwood Food Fair & Hallowe'en crafts!


Wildwood Food Fair & Hallowe'en 2012
 

 

Wildwood Food Fair - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October

Autumn & winter events at Wildwood

Come to Wildwood this weekend for fabulous food from some of our best local producers. Our first mini-food fair will feature local produce from a range of suppliers, so bring a bag and stock up!

Godmersham Game (fresh game and BBQ)
Cheesemakers of Canterbury
Pearsons Sweet & Tasty Bread & Cakes
Invicta Herbs
Core Fruit Juices
Farmhouse Kitchen Jams & Preserves
Quex Oils and Crisps
Moore Apple Juice
Plus! Wildwood Honey and locally produced sweet treats from the Wildwood Shop

The food fair will be open from 10am to 4pm each day. Please note that Wildwood entry membership or entry fees apply. No need to book, drop in any time.

 

Spooky hallowe'en crafts - book now!

Autumn & winter events at Wildwood

It's that terrifying time of year again! Get ready for hallowe'en with our annual creepy craft event. Make your own spooky decorations to take home themed around pumpkins, bats, rats, spiders and cats. It's enough to send a shiver down your spine!

Please note that this is a very popular event so early booking is advised.

Monday 29th October

Tuesday 30th October

Wednesday 31st October

 11.30am – 1pm or 2pm – 3.30pm each day. £2 per person, one adult free per family. To book please call 01227 712 111. (Wildwood membership or entry feeds also apply).

 

The Wildwood Team
Wildwood Trust
Tel: 01227 712 111

Registered Charity no: 1093702

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Wildwood e-news Sept '12


Wildwood e-news September '12
 

1) New autumn / winter events schedule out now!
2) Join the fight to stop the badger cull
3) Wildwood dormouse release
4) Ecominds update
5) Supporter of the month - Asda
6) Animal of the month - Badger
7) Christmas events
8) Car park closure  - 1st to 5th October
9) Items needed

 

1) New autumn / winter events schedule out now!
Autumn & winter events at Wildwood

The new Wildwood events schedule is out now. There is something for everyone with fun craft sessions, conservation courses and Christmas events (see item 8 below).

Click here to visit our events page for the complete schedule and to download our new events leaflet


Forthcoming events at Wildwood:

Sunday 30th September - Harvest Mouse Conservation Course
A one-day course on the key factors affecting the status and distribution of the harvest mouse. You will have the opportunity to examine harvest mouse nests and gain practical surveying experience in the field. Held at Dungeness Nature Reserve. 
10am - 4pm. £30 per person (includes Wildwood entry fee). To book please email Tara Lines: 
tara@wildwoodtrust.org or call 01227 711 471

Saturday 13th October - Junior Zoo Keeper Experience Day
Do you know a budding zoo keeper? Discover what it's like to work at Wildwood and how we keep our animals happy and healthy.
10am - 12pm. 7-11yrs  £50 per person. Must book.

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October - Mini Food Fair with Godmersham Game
Mini food market with local food and drink from some of Kent's best local producers. Don't forget to bring a bag and stock up on goodies.
11am - 4pm both days. Free event*. No need to book, drop in any time.

Sunday 14th October - Small Mammal Survey Skills
Learn how to survey our smallest mammals using live traps. Includes handling and identification.
9.30am - 4.15pm  £30 per person (book together with Kent Mammal ID Course for £50)
Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email 
tara@wildwoodtrust.org or call 01227 711 471

Tuesday 23rd October - Photography Day
Wildlife photography with tuition from our resident photographer. Get exclusive access and special animal feeds to help you get those close-up shots.  Over 18 unless accompanied by an adult who is also taking part in the photo day.  Gift vouchers also available.
10.30am - 4pm. £79 per person (includes Wildwood entry fee). Must book.


Saturday 27th October - An Introduction to the Ecology and Identification of Fungi
A course focusing on the importance of fungi in the ecosystem and aiming to de-mystify the identification process.  The day will include a presentation, microscopic examination of specimens and a foray to discover different types of fungi in their natural habitats.
10am - 4pm  £30 per person. Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email tara@wildwoodtrust.org or call 01227 711 471

Monday 29th October - Harvest Moon Night Tour
See our animals under the moonlight on a guided tour around the park to coincide with the full moon.
6.30pm - 9pm. £25 per person (includes Wildwood entry fee). Min age 10yrs. Includes hot meal.  Must book.

Monday 29th - Wednesday 31st October - Hallowe'en Craft event
Get ready for Hallowe'en with our annual creepy craft event. Make your own suitably spooky decorations to take home themed around pumpkins, bats, rats, spiders and cats.
11.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 3.30pm each day.  £2 per person, one adult free per family. Must book.


Monday 29th - Friday 2nd November - Nature Detective Trail

Be a true nature detective and pick up your free CSI trail to solve the half-term mystery around the park. Crack the case to claim your special badge and certificate.
Drop in any time (no need to book). Only available while stocks last. Free event*.

To book craft events, night tours, zoo keeper or photo days, please call the office on 01227 712 111.  To book a conservation event (in green) please email tara@wildwoodtrust.org or call 01227 711 471. *Wildwood membership or entry fees apply.

 

2) Join the fight to stop the badger cull

Peter Smith on the badger cull

Following the recent news that badgers are to be culled in England this autumn to combat bovine tuberculosis (bTB), Wildwood has joined the fight to stop the cull.

The government has given the go-ahead for two pilot zones in the South West with a view to extending the scheme across the country. If a nationwide cull goes ahead as many as 100,000 badgers could be shot, including many perfectly healthy animals.

Wildwood agrees that bovine TB is a problem that needs to be addressed. It has blighted cattle farming in the UK for decades and costs the taxpayer millions of pounds every year in destroying cattle and compensating affected farmers. However, we believe that a culling badgers is a short-term and unsustainable approach that will do little to address the problem in the long run whilst needlessly slaughtering thousands of healthy animals.

Rather than a cull of badgers, the issue of bovine TB needs a long-term, scientific approach that deals with the problems of modern industrial cattle farming. Our government and farmers need to work together to find long term, evidence-based solutions that include badger vaccinations, better farming practices and improved cattle welfare.

We are therefore asking all of our members to sign the official badger cull e-petition to force the government to re-think their plans.

If you agree that a badger cull is not the solution to bovine TB please click here to sign the e-petition before it's too late.

 

For more information on the proposed cull and bovine TB please watch our video: Wildwood Chief Executive, Peter Smith on why a badger cull is not the answer

 

3) Wildwood dormouse release

Dormouse at Wildwood

Wildwood is celebrating playing a major part in a new dormouse reintroduction programme to help save the species from extinction. This summer our dedicated team joined forces with the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) to release breeding pairs of dormice to a secret woodland location in Warwickshire. The site was specially selected as a suitable habitat and Wildwood was the main provider of dormice for the project, donating several pairs to recolonize the area.  Members of the Wildwood Conservation and Keeper teams were on hand to monitor the initial release and the project has so far been hailed as a great success.

In recent years the hazel dormouse has suffered a dramatic fall in numbers due habitat loss and unsympathetic woodland management and is now classed as extremely vulnerable to extinction meaning that without urgent action it could disappear from the UK forever.

For this project the dormice were reintroduced using a "soft release" system. Soft releases work by introducing an animal into a new area slowly by providing them with food and protection until they are fully adjusted to their new environment. In this case the breeding pairs where placed in secure wooden nest boxes which were then fitted inside larger mesh cages on the woodland trees. The dormice were checked and fed daily in these cages over a two week period before a small door in each cage was left open, allowing the dormice to leave the cage. This method allowed the dormice to explore their new home whilst still having the security of the mesh cage and food if needed.  Once the dormice had settled into the woodland and were no longer using the cages they were removed.

We are extremely pleased to have been a part of this important project and for Wildwood's members this release is another example of how your support is making a very real difference to British wildlife. So we'd like to say a big thank-you from all of our team, and of course from the dormice!

 

4) Ecominds Update

Ecominds volunteers work on new otter enclosure

The Ecominds team have been hard at work on our new otter enclosure which is taking shape nicely. The volunteers have been helping with the main enclosure and have also taken on the behind-the-scenes hospital pools as their own mini-project.

The team are helping to put the final touches to 2 special hospital pools that will be used to look after sick otters or to introduce new otters to the enclosure. This facility will allow the Wildwood keepers to separate the otters if required into a special quarantine area, whilst allowing the main enclosure to operate normally.

The volunteers have successfully carried out most of the work on the pools and have been learning new skills in the process. Under the guidance of our rangers, they have been:

  • Using the cement mixers to mix their own cement and cementing the inside of the pools to make them durable, water tight and easy to clean. 
  • Building fencing around the hospital pools to create a private area for otters when they are unwell and are requiring treatment.
  • Learning how to lay crazy paving, and helping to pave the floor around the hospital pools so they can be washed down and disinfected easily.

About Ecominds

Wildwood's Ecominds Volunteers project has been funded by Ecominds, a £7.5million funding scheme run by Mind on behalf of the BIG Lottery Fund. Ecominds involves people with direct experience of mental distress in environmental projects that improve their mental and physical health. The scheme offers participants the chance to learn new skills and gain practical experience whilst boosting their confidence.  At Wildwood the team help in many areas such as gardening, maintenance and assisting in the day-to-day running of the park, all of which give them important life-skills.

 

5) Supporter of the Month - Asda Supermarket, Canterbury

Asda donation

Wildwood is delighted to have been voted winners of Asda's "Chosen by you ...given by us" charity award after Shoppers at the Canterbury store voted for us via an in-store token system. Asda community colleague Jayne Tutt came along to the park to present the cheque for £200 to Jess Walters, Wildwood's fundraising co-ordinator who said "we are very grateful to all the Asda shoppers who voted for Wildwood, it's great to know that we have a lot of local support and the donation will really help us at the park". The donation will be spent on the upkeep of the park and looking after our animals. We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us, we really appreciate your support!

 

6) Animal of the month - badger

Badger at Wildwood

Badgers are one of the most characteristic animals of the British countryside and are easily recognised by their black and white striped faces. Badgers are nocturnal and tend to stay below ground during the day and come out to look for food at night, so despite being one of the UK's best-known animals, the majority of people in Britain have never actually seen one.  

Life underground
Badgers spend a great deal of their time underground and are well adapted for their subterranean lifestyle. Badgers are built for digging, with powerful forelimbs, long, tough claws and strong wedge-shaped bodies. Their eyes are relatively small and their eyesight is poor, but what they lack in visual ability they more than make up for with their excellent sense of smell and stiff whiskers which help them find their way about very efficiently.

Badgers live in large tunnel systems known as setts. A sett consists of a series of underground chambers making up a main burrow (which will have several entrances) and a number of outlying burrows. A sett may be used for decades or even centuries by successive generations of badgers who will be make new chambers and entrances until the sett may eventually cover several hectares. Badgers are very clean animals and regularly change their bedding, dragging out old material and replacing it with fresh grass, hay or straw. Foxes may occasionally share a sett with the badgers although the two animals generally give each other a wide berth.

Badger families
Each sett is inhabited by a group, or clan, of between 3 and 20 badgers. Badger cubs are born in spring, usually in February, although they don't venture above ground until April. The cubs will be weaned by June and by July will be finding their own food. By autumn they will be fully grown will often settle in the sett where they were born. As well as sharing a sett, the group will also share a territory. The edges of a territory are usually defined by a large number of dung pits or latrines. As scent is such an important sense to badgers, they will also define their territories by scent marking and badgers from the same clan will groom and anoint one another with secretions from glands under their tails, giving them a unqiue family smell which allows them to recognise each other. 

Our badgers have two setts, an outdoor one which they constructed themselves and an artificial one inside the badger building. They can usually be seen asleep in the indoor sett during the day, although in winter they may have so much straw tucked over themselves that they are hard to spot. Although badgers do not hibernate, in winter they spend a lot more time sleeping and staying in the sett and can go for a few days without coming out to feed if the weather is particularly bad, relying on fat reserves built up in late summer and autumn.

Current Status of the Badger
Badgers have a long history of persecution in Britain. They have been hunted for their fur, meat, fat and hide. Certain parts of a badger's body were once believed to cure diseases such as rheumatism, leprosy and arthritis. Badger bristles were once commonly used to make high quality shaving brushes. As a result of all this, by the end of the 19th century badgers were considered rather rare. During the First and Second World Wars, their numbers increased, due in part to greater tolerance by landowners and the growth in numbers of nature reserves, however by the 1960s the future of the badger was looking gloomy again. Many were being killed on roads and railways, badger digging had once again became popular and it is now thought that some pesticides were reducing fertility. Thanks to the Protection of Badgers Act (1992), which makes it illegal to kill, injure or take a badger or to damage or interfere with a sett, badger numbers are on the increase and today they are relatively common, however, a new threat hangs over British badgers. They have been blamed for the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) among cattle and consequently the government is now ordering a cull of badgers to try and control the spread of the disease.

Did you know… Badgers

  • Their stiff, wiry hairs used to be used for shaving brushes and their skins as sporrans in Scotland and Eire.
  • Badgers scent mark each other to confirm their family membership; they so the same to their keepers' shoes!
  • Their name is said to derive from the French 'bĂȘcheur', meaning 'digger'
  • Their favourite food is earthworms and one badger can eat over 200 in a single night!
  • They can prey on prickly hedgehogs thanks to their thick skin and long claws


7) Christmas events at Wildwood

Christmas at Wildwood

We have lots of fun events going on this festive season:

Christmas trees - on sale December

Holly Hullabaloo Craft Event
Saturday 8th December
Get into the festive spirit with our fun Christmas craft event. Make your own Christmas decorations from natural and recycled materials to take home.
1pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult free per family. Must book on 01227 712 111.

Meet Father Christmas
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December 
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd December
 

Father Christmas is coming to Wildwood with a big sackful of toys! Children of all ages are welcome (so long as they've been good). Every child will receive a special present from Father Christmas to take home. Photos to take home will also be available for an additional fee.
1pm - 4pm each day. £6 per child. Please book with the Shop on 01227 712 111. Please note that Wildwood membership or entry fees apply.

 

NEW! - Christmas Twilight Tea Parties
Saturday 1st December
Saturday 8th December
Saturday 15th December
Saturday 22nd December
Sunday 23rd December

Father Christmas would like to invite you to a twilight tea party at Wildwood. Go on a woodland walk to feed Wildwood's deer and then enjoy a scrummy Christmas tea party in the cafe before visiting Father Christmas in his grotto. Every child will receive a special present from Santa and a photo to take home.
3.30pm: meet up to feed deer - 4.00pm: tea in the cafe - 4.30pm onwards: Children meet Father Christmas in the grotto. £15 per child. Please book with the Shop on 01227 712 111. Please note that Wildwood membership or entry fees apply.
 

Toddler Club Christmas Party 
Monday 17th December
Festive fun for toddler club members with games, party food and a visit to Father Christmas.
10.30am - 12pm. £3 per child (under 4's only). Please book with the Shop on 01227 712 111

 

8) Car park closure - Monday 1st (to 5th) October

Please note that the Wildwood Car Park will be closed on Monday 1st October and possibly for the rest of the week. Visitors should use the main estate car park by the Herne Bay entrance to Wealden Forest Park. The car park is being closed in order to carry out essential maintenance and we will try to have it open again as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 

 

9) Items needed - can you help?

As a conservation charity we love to recycle and can make use of lots of things that might otherwise go into landfill. We urgently need the following items for use around the park, if you can help please contact the office on 01227 712 111.

  • Large plastic storage boxes with lids - For use in our conservation building.
  • Shiny ribbon, card, glitter, paper - for our festive craft events (hallowe'en, Christmas, Chinese new year).

 

Many thanks,

Fiona Paterson

Wildwood Trust

Herne Common,

Herne Bay,

Kent

CT6 7LQ

 

www.wildwoodtrust.org

Registered charity no. 1093702