Star support for amazing place

George Clarke in front of his Sky Den tree house at Kielder Water & Forest Park


A new scheme to enhance England’s number one visitor attraction has got off to a star-studded start with the support from a TV architect.

Image of George Clarke in front of his Sky Den tree house at Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Sunderland-born, George Clarke, is the first North East star to make “Friends” with Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland.

The Park’s new Friends scheme, which launches today, will go towards protecting and developing its amazing Northumberland environment, home to Northumberland International Dark Sky Park - the largest Dark Sky Park area of protected night sky in Europe.

George, who designed the Sky Den tree house at Calvert Trust Kielder, spent a lot of time in the Park while filming for his Channel 4 programme, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

He explained: “I’m delighted to become a Friend and support Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust in their commitment to continue developing such an impressive destination.

“I used to visit the Park regularly as a child. Living in the North East, we’re so lucky to have this great wilderness right on our doorstep. The Sky Den tree house we built for Amazing Spaces just increases the list of unique experiences on offer in a truly amazing place.”

From just £2 per month, Friends of Kielder Water & Forest Park will benefit from exclusive events, offers and promotions throughout the Park.

Lynn Turner, Director of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “The Trust is a registered charity which works to develop the park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

“Through the Friends scheme we hope to conserve wildlife, develop arts activities and build educational opportunities, as well as continuing to enhance the great leisure and recreation attractions available at the Park.

“George Clarke is a best Friend and a real ambassador to the Park - the Sky Den tree house is a great example of what is on offer here - an amazing visitor experience to inspire and delight.”

As a Friend, guests receive: * A Friends membership card * An exclusive Founder Friends lapel pin badge for the first 500 Friends * E-newsletter * Friends only events and behind the scene talks and tours * Free car parking on certain weekends * Discount rates for last minute offers at the Park * Plus many other offers and incentives that will change and develop throughout the year.

For a Friends application form and more info, visit or call 0845 155 0236.

For more information contact Janine Scott, communications advisor, on 0191 301 6713 or

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

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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