Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

Planning Permission Granted for £10 million Visitor Centre at Kielder

Planning permission was granted by Northumberland County Council for extensive additions and alterations to the Calvert Trust centre in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland.

The Trust will now forge ahead to raise the necessary funding to undertake the development in staged phases. Peter Cockerill, Calvert Trust Kielder Chief Executive, said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many friends and benefactors from the North East and throughout the country, for their support in helping us to reach this milestone. Now we must ask for their further support to make this project a reality.”

“The project will enable thousands more to benefit from our work and greatly enhance the quality of the unique service we offer. Calvert Trust at Kielder has been providing challenging outdoor activities for people of all abilities for more than 25 years and the realisation of these exciting new plans will lay the foundations for growth over the next 25 years.”

The plans include a visitor hub with state-of-the-art climbing wall, caving system, bouldering wall, a café and offices, a sports hall, a woodchip biomass district heating system and landscaping; outdoor activities, including a high ropes walk way and the necessary infrastructure works.

The development will benefit people with a wide range and degree of disability with some of the facilities open to day visitors to the park. It will also attract families with a disabled parent or child along with their able-bodied friends; charitable organisations working with people with disabilities; adults with care needs seeking a break on their own; special needs schools and mainstream schools, many of whom have disabled pupils.

“Calvert Trust Kielder gives people of all abilities, but especially those with disabilities, the chance to realise their full potential and take part in adventurous activities just like everyone else.”


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