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Lifting the Lid on an Amazing Space

Architect George Clarke will quite literally lift the lid on his extraordinary tree house project in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, to the nation on Thursday 12 December 2013.

William Hardie and George Clarke in The Triangle

Over the last eight weeks, TV viewers have watched the Sky Den’s progress on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces with much anticipation.

In Thursday’s episode (12 December) at 8pm, Sunderland-born George will finally reveal the finished design of his accessible tree house, sited at Calvert Trust Kielder within the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Created in collaboration with designer William Hardie, the Sky Den features a triangular pod with a spectacular opening roof, revealing the darkest night skies in the whole of England.

Budding astronomers will be able to lie back and revel in the star-studded skies of Kielder Water & Forest Park which, together with Northumberland National Park, has just been awarded Europe’s largest Gold Tier Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Skies Association.

George’s project has ‘shaped’ up well – made up of another two pods, guests will be able to choose from viewing the forest inside the unusual circular shelter, heated by a wood burning stove, to relaxing in the square room with its innovative furniture they can pull from the walls to put together themselves.

Speaking about the Sky Den, George said:

“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.”

Calvert Trust Kielder, where the Sky Den is located, is a charity which helps people with disabilities to achieve their potential through outdoor activities.

Peter Cockerill, Calvert Trust Chief Executive, said:

“This innovative and accessible amazing space goes against the usual expectations of a tree house and realises our vision of people with disabilities sharing in life’s opportunities.”


For more information about booking the Sky Den, visit Canopy & Stars or call the centre on 01434 250 232 or email


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Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

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Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255



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