Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working at Kielder to promote sustainable development, provide recreational facilities, improve knowledge of the natural environment and encourage the arts.
Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder , Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society 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.
The Big Picture
The Big Picture, a significant programme of works which will add to the variety of core attractions at Kielder Water & Forest Park, is currently taking place. The developments mean there will be even more fun things to do in the Park as well as providing extra employment and business development in the area.
Calvert Trust Kielder
For over 30 years Calvert Trust Kielder has been enabling people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through adventure activities in the countryside.
It provides a secure but challenging environment for visitors to enjoy an outdoors adventure holiday in a stunning location. Respite guests, independent and group guests and families staying in self-catering chalets can enjoy a wealth of activities including sailing, climbing, abseiling, canoeing and swimming.
Today its three centres (there are also activity centres in Exmoor and the Lake District) welcome over 11,000 visitors each year, helping them challenge disability and providing more opportunities to find out that ‘it’s what you CAN do that counts!”
The Environment Agency's job is to look after the environment and make it a better place - for now, and for future generations. One of it’s main functions at Kielder is to set the water release regime for the reservoir.
The Environment Agency also owns the Kielder Salmon Centre which was opened 30 years ago to compensate for the loss of important breeding habitat caused by the construction of the Kielder dam. Since then the hatchery has become a centre of excellence for the rearing of salmon and other protected species like Ennerdale Charr and Freshwater Pearl Mussels.
Working with business, Government and society as a whole, the Environment Agency strives to makes the environment cleaner and healthier.
The Forestry Commission manages the woodland and it’s stewardship to deliver a wide range of benefits. These include timber production for industry, employment, informal and formal recreation, conservation, bio-diversity and to help combat climate change.
There are around 200 people employed both directly and indirectly in timber harvesting and so the forest plays a vital role in the economy of the north east of England.
It also owns Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge of the Duke of Northumberland.
Kielder Forest is managed sustainably and is a valuable home and sanctuary for many species of flora and fauna, including deer, squirrels birds of prey, border mires with peat bog plant species.
Permits are required to work in the forest for many different reasons including survey work, events (such as rallies), firewood permits and vehicle access. If you wish to acquire a permit, are unsure whether your proposed activity requires a permit or for further information about the permit system please contact Forestry Commission on 01434 220242.
Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (KOAS)
KOAS is a registered charitable incorporated organisation (CIO ID 1153570) operating in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Its mission is to provide an inspirational educational experience to people of all ages, encompassing all levels of ability and social background, acting as a trigger to promote Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics.
KOAS is working in partnership with the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust to expand the current facilities and operations that in turn will allow us to inspire more people and create more employment and business for the North East Region
Visitors have the opportunity to use a superb array of telescopes and instrumentation (weather permitting), and receive expert tuition in astronomy and cosmology at the observatory in Kielder Forest.
To achieve its outreach function the observatory holds regular events designed for members of the public to come along and listen to a talk and observe the night sky. During the summer regular family events during the day allow visitors an opportunity to look at the sun using solar telescopes and to build their own rockets! Special events are run from time to time, for example astrophotography tutorials.
Visit the Kielder Observatory website for further information.
Northumberland County Council
Following the amalgamation of the district, borough and county councils, the New Northumberland County Council will become responsible for all local government services in the county from April 1, 2009.
The councils are merging to provide a more streamline, efficient and cost effective service with less duplication.
The new authority will serve a population of 370,000 residents, providing key community services including education, social services, highways, planning, refuse collection and environmental services.
For further information, or to find your nearest customer service centre, log on to the Northumberland County Council website or telephone 0845 600 6400
Northumbrian Water Limited operates in the north east of England, where it trades as Northumbrian Water and provides water and sewerage services to 2.6 million people, and in the south east of England, where it trades as Essex & Suffolk Water and provides water services to 1.8 million people.
Northumbrian Water manages Leaplish Waterside Park which boasts luxury accommodation and a number of attractions including the Boat Inn restaurant and bar, indoor swimming pool, play garden, mapping and the Osprey ferry.
A purpose built, Scandinavian-style conference and training suite is available all year round.
Kielder Water is also one of Northumbrian Water's six premier fisheries, offering outstanding natural beauty, quality fish and an exceptional boat fleet.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
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 40 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 13,000 individual and 100 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.