Monday, 24 February 2014

Wildwood jumps for joy at new pathways funding


Wildwood Trust, Kent's unique British wildlife park and conservation charity is celebrating after being granted desperately needed funding to renovate and repair the park's woodland pathways that have been damaged by the appalling winter weather.


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, but working in the natural environment can be challenging; the heavy rain has resulted in many pathways around the park becoming severely waterlogged and muddy, making some areas almost unpassable without wellington boots.  


But help is at hand and the project has received £7067 funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund. This grant will enable Wildwood to repair the damaged areas and upgrade the paths around the woodland using recycled materials. The renovations will help Wildwood to withstand future adverse weather conditions and ensure that visitors can enjoy exploring the woodland all year round.


Jon May, Wildwood's Park General Manager, said 'We are very grateful to Viridor Credits for granting us funding to enable this vital project to go ahead, it will make an amazing difference to our visitor experience during the wet winter months'.


Work to repair the pathways will begin in the next couple of weeks, and will be carried out by the Wildwood Ranger team together with the help of volunteers from the local community.



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For more information on the project please contact Jess Walters,, 01227 712 111.


About Viridor Credits

Viridor Credits Environmental Company distributes funds through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for community, heritage and environmental projects within a ten mile radius of an active Viridor landfill site. Since its inception Viridor Credits has allocated over £90 million to over 4500 projects across the UK.


For further information about how to apply for funding, please call Viridor Credits on 01823 476476.


About Wildwood
Wildwood is a unique wildlife park and conservation charity where you can see British Wildlife past and present, set in 40 acres of stunning ancient woodland. 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, like the wolf, beaver, red squirrel, bison, elk, wild boar and many more. Our conservation projects include working to save red squirrels, hazel dormice, water voles as well as breeding pine martens, Scottish wildcats and beaver. Wildwood also actively promotes conservation grazing projects by donating herds of wild horses to act as natural habitat managers on nature reserves to improve biodiversity.


Wildwood Trust

Tel: 01227 712 111


Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7LQ

Registered charity no 1093702