En′trusting care

29.03.2011

A new trust has been set up to manage one of England’s most beautiful and rural areas and one of the region’s best attended visitor attractions it was announced today.

The Kielder Partnership has officially become a registered charity and company limited by guarantee*, known as Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust (KWFPDT).

The move looks set to secure the future of the organisation and to open up access to additional funds to further develop Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland.

The Kielder Partnership was a public, voluntary and private sector collaboration working to develop Kielder Water & Forest Park.

The main objectives of the new charity include sustainable development for public benefit, developing leisure activities in the interests of social welfare, engaging the public in the natural environment and promoting the creation of works of art.

KWFPDT director, Elisabeth Rowark, said: “Kielder Partnership worked hard to benefit the community from developments at the Park and over the last four years delivered significant capital investment.”

Major successes in the last four years have included:

- Art and architecture programme including the RIBA award winning Kielder Observatory

- Rolling events and activities programme

- The Lakeside Way – 26 mile purpose built, multi-user trail that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water

- Facilitation of a business forum group

- Flagship mountain biking trails

- Affordable housing in Kielder Village

Elisabeth continued: “There is now a formal legal status for the organisation. Going forward this means the charity can add to the existing excellent work carried out by the partnership and work directly with funders, service providers and organisations to continue benefiting the local community.

“At a time of economic uncertainty and change, KWFPDT is now an organisation that can seek sustainability and continue to deliver social, economic and environmental regeneration in a rural community.”

Future plans for the top tourism destination are detailed in the Kielder Big Picture 25 year investment plan, a significant and long term programme of capital and revenue works with a range of economic, environmental and social sustainable objectives. The next actions of the plan are to develop the detail and seek investment for improved facilities, activities and visitor centres.

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to www.visitkielder.com.

* A private company limited by guarantee is an alternative type of corporation used primarily for non-profit organisations that require legal personality.

For lansdscape images of the Park contact philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk.  

For more information or to request an interview with Elisabeth Rowark contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk

Notes to editor:

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

Registered charity number: 1139328

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