Monday, 25 August 2014

Peter Smith: Sir Richard Attenborough & his Beaver Obsession

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wildwood bear appeal update - Watch us on ITV!

Wildwood Bear Appeal
Wildwood Bear Appeal update


Wildwood bear appeal

- Appeal total reaches £23,000

- Wildwood appears on ITV News

- Celebrity support for Bear Appeal

We are pleased to announce that the Wildwood Bear Appeal total now stands at £23,000! We now have enough funds to start work and will shortly begin construction of the bears' night-time accomodation area which will form part of the finished enclosure.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far – but we still need help to reach our target and rescue the bears from a life of misery and neglect.

  • Please donate now and help us reach our £50,000 target:

    Online: Click here to donate online
  • By Phone: Please call the Wildwood office on 01227 712 111
  • By Text: Text "BEAR21 £5" to 70070*
  • By Post: Send cheques made payable to "Wildwood Trust" to Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7LQ. Please write "Bear Appeal" plus your name and address on the back of your cheque. If you would like us to Gift Aid your donation please indicate this also. 




Watch the ITV news report

Wildwood bear appeal on ITV

Click here to watch the report on ITV Meridian News

Watch this moving piece from ITV Meridian News about the bear appeal, please note that this was filmed at the start of our appeal when our total was only £5,000!


Celebrity support for the Bear Appeal!

Sooty supports the Wildwood Bear Appeal

Click here to watch Sooty's video about the Wildwood Bear Appeal


Wildwood has been left star-struck after one of Britain's best-loved celebrities joined the fight to rescue two brown bears from misery and neglect.

The celebrity in question is none other than Sooty; Britain's favourite bear! With a magical career spanning over 60 years and a special place in the hearts of children young and old; the cheeky bear is the perfect personality to help the our ambitious charity appeal.

Wildwood's Park Manager, Jon May said "To be honest we are stunned to receive such high-profile support. We are just a small charity and Sooty is a genuine British super-star! We are very grateful for his help with the appeal."

Click here to watch Sooty's video about the Wildwood Bear Appeal


More about the Wildwood Bear Appeal

Summer holiday fun at Wildwood

Summer holiday fun at Wildwood




Wildwood is appealing to all of its members and supporters to help raise £50,000 to rescue two brown bears from horrendous living conditions and give them a safe happy home in our woodland wildlife park.

The bears are currently kept in small, barren concrete pits in an abandoned bear breeding centre called Kormisosh, in Bulgaria. Kormisosh was used to breed bears to be shot by hunters until 1993 when bear hunting was outlawed. As a result, Kormisosh was abandoned, leaving the bears to a life of misery and neglect.

The bears receive only basic care and a sub-standard diet of dried porridge. They have never been outside of their concrete pens, have never seen a tree or walked on grass, and with no mental stimulus they are in danger of losing their minds.

Wildwood is working in partnership with Alertis; a bear welfare foundation based in the Netherlands which works to protect and rehome mistreated and neglected bears. Alertis runs projects to protect bears around the world and works to find them suitable homes free from neglect and abuse. Alertis is currently monitoring the bears at Kormisosh until Wildwood raises the funds to bring them to their new home.




Wildwood Trust will receive 100% of your donation. * Text donations will cost £5 plus your standard network text message rate. Please always get the bill payers permission.

The Wildwood Team

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ

Wildwood Trust is a registered charity no 1093702

Monday, 11 August 2014

Summer holiday fun at Wildwood


Summer holiday fun at Wildwood!

Summer holiday fun at Wildwood

It's the summer holidays and we have loads going on at Wildwood!


Everyday Excitement!

  • Free talks and feeds around the park - Every day during holidays & weekends.
  • Free bird flight displays - Every day at 12pm & 2pm (weather depending)
  • Teddy bear trail – take part in our fantastic teddy bear trail to find the real teddies around the park. Every entry wins a prize! All proceeds towards the Wildwood bear appeal


Fantastic Events!

Wed 13th & Thurs 14th August - Mini Farmers' market

Ready your taste buds to sample a variety of Kentish fare from local suppliers with lots of opportunities to buy tasty treats for home or as gifts. Bring a bag and stock up! Suppliers will include Godmersham Game (meat & BBQ), Core Fruit Juices & Sweet Nostalgia Fudge 

10am - 5pm each day. Free* event. Drop in anytime.


Thursday 21st August - Bioblitz!

Bring the family and join our annual challenge to record as many plants and animals as we can at Wildwood in just one day. Help us find and identify as many birds, animals, trees, plants, flowers and insect as possible -let's see if we can beat our record of 123 species!

10am - 5pm. Free* event. Drop in anytime.


Extra Excitement!


Meet Tall Ted! – keep your eyes peeled around the park for Tall Ted, the Wildwood Bear Appeal mascot who may be meeting and greeting people around the park!


Craft sessions – We will be running impromptu craft sessions throughout the holidays, check the What's On board on arrival to see if there is anything on for your visit!


Fun activities – There are different fun fundraising activities for our amazing Bear Appeal  - keep an eye out on your visit.



See you soon!
The Wildwood team

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ
Registered charity no. 1093702