An amazing space

George Clarke

21 October 2013

TV viewers will have to tune in to the second series of Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, starting on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8.00pm, to see his newest project – an ambitious tree house in the heart of Kielder Forest, Northumberland.

The tree house will be sited at Calvert Trust Kielder, a charity which helps people with disabilities to achieve their potential through outdoor activities within the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Each episode will see Sunderland-born George develop the project, in collaboration with designer William Hardie, from its inspirational beginning to its finished design. During the course of the series, he will also visit other small-scale architectural wonders across the UK and Europe.

For George, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a nostalgic journey. He said: “I remember coming here as a child on family visits and school trips. It’s a real playground and people don’t realise how inspiring it is. I wanted to put it on the map.
“I got the idea of a tree house because I was looking for something which was the ultimate dream project and it fits in well – Kielder Forest is England’s largest working forest and the Calvert Trust site that it’s at is charitable and accessible.
“We’ve never designed anything like it before. Its part tree house, part art installation and can offer a unique experience on a unique site.”

Peter Cockerill, Calvert Trust Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled that George Clarke chose our site for something as innovative and special as this tree house design.

“Calvert Trust at Kielder has been providing challenging outdoor activities for people of all abilities for nearly 30 years and this exciting new installation fully realises our vision – disability has no limits.”

Viewers will have to watch this space to see the finished design!

For more information contact Janine Scott, Communications Advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538 or janine.scott@nwl.co.uk.

Kielder Water and 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 awarded the number one tourism experience in England by Visit England 2013, and the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information see www.visitkielder.com.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place. It aims to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability, provide public recreation and leisure facilities, facilitate education in all aspects of the natural environment and advance art and architecture in the Park. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.

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.

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