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Wilderness Centre in the Forest of Dean to reopen

Posted on 08th July 2015

An environmental education centre in the Forest of Dean that has been closed since 2011 has been reopened.

Forest Footpath Users

The Mitcheldean-based Wilderness Centre was shut down four years ago after Gloucester County Council made a number of budget cuts.

Now that the centre will reopen, people in nearby holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean and local schools will once again be able to enjoy an outdoor education service.

The Wilderness Centre will officially be reopened in September, but the first group of school children have already visited the centre, which was bought by Dr Daniel Sturdy after locals campaigned to reopen the site.

Speaking to the BBC, the centre’s office manager, Deborah Blackmore, said, “We’ve got bookings in the diary – half of May for next year is already completely full – and we’ve got enquiries from scouts and quite a few other schools already.”

Visitors will be able to take part in a range of activities at the centre such as forest walks and canoeing.

Image Credit: Jonathan Billinger (Wikimedia.org)