Getting wild at Kielder

17 May 2017

Partners at Kielder Water & Forest Park are delighted with the success of its first Wild at Kielder Festival, which took place recently alongside the long standing and ever popular Kielder Classic & Vintage Vehicle Show.

The Festival was aimed at encouraging everybody to experience at first hand the wonders of the area and, in total, over 1500 people took part in over 30 wildlife related activities across 8 sites at Kielder and proved to be such a success that plans are taking shape for next year’s festival which promises to be bigger and better - so start visiting www.nwt.org.uk/wildatkielder or the Wild at Kielder Facebook event page, for regular updates.

Katy Cook, Living Wild Project Coordinator at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “Kielder is a wonderful part of the world, so it goes without saying I’m delighted that so many people came to the festival to experience the fantastic wildlife that the area has to offer.”

The Wild at Kielder Festival is part of the Living Wild at Kielder project, which has been made possible by National Lottery players and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It is delivered by Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency, with support from Newcastle University and Northumberland National Park Authority.

Photo caption Getting arty with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, photo Kielder Water & Forest Park

Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is the largest environmental charity in the region working to safeguard native wildlife. One of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK, Northumberland Wildlife Trust has campaigned for nature conservation for over 45 years. It aims to inform, educate and involve people of all ages and backgrounds in protecting their environment in favour of wildlife and conservation.

Supported by over 12,000 individual and 40 corporate members in the region, Northumberland Wildlife Trust manages and protects critical species and habitats at over 60 nature reserves throughout Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Kielder Water and Forest Park (KWFP)

KWFP, 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. Together with Northumberland National Park, it was granted gold tier Dark Sky Park status in December 2013. 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, and 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, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park Authority and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. 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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