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Site Improvements

Improvements to Wendover Woods Visitor Facilities.

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WENDOVER WOODS £4.5MILLION TRANSFORMATION

UPDATE – MARCH 2018

The Forestry Commission’s Wendover Woods Forest Centre, near Aylesbury has just commenced work on its £4.5million re-development of the site.

The re-development which has been in the making for over 10 years, will include a brand new car park which will increase the capacity of car park spaces from the 220 currently available to over 500 and include the installation of an up to date ANPR camera car park system.

A new road layout will also be constructed including a new exit road to remove vehicles from the main core area around the Forest Centre allowing it to become more pedestrianised and visitor friendly.

There will also be a brand new café developed in an idyllic setting overlooking the Chilterns, increasing both the internal and external catering space available for visitors to enjoy a drink and something to eat whilst taking in the fabulous views.

A new Information Point/ Welcome centre will also be developed as part of the project to provide visitors with help from Forestry Commission staff based at the Information Point.

Construction Work Update

Kier Construction Ltd are the Principle contractors carrying out the work on behalf of the Forestry Commission.

There has been some delay to the programme of works because of the recent poor weather. The work on the New Car Park has moved on though, with the commencement of the removal of unsuitable soil which couldn’t be re-used as part of the ‘cut and fill’ process.

Unfortunately this means there will be an increased number of trucks over the next few weeks coming onto the site to remove the earth.  

The new exit road has also progressed. You can see this as you come into the core area on the left by looking through the contractor’s compound. The outline is set out now with the new road edging being installed and the stone base.

Work on the new Information Point has also started. This is the old toilet block which is being converted. This area has now been fenced off and the stripping back of the wood façade is currently taking place. The Information Point will eventually become the new home of our Car Park pay machines, which you will be able to make use of when you are about to leave, rather than at the point of entry.

Additional Toilet Facilities have now been brought in and these are currently being finished off before being opened for the Easter Holidays. These are located at the back of the Green Block Toilets and can be accessed from the other side, when open.

New Play Trail

The Forestry Commission have also been working on a project to install a brand new Play Trail. This is the first trail that the Forestry Commission is undertaking under the Framework and is set to be an amazing interactive walk in the forest for young people. Work is expected to start on this new Trail in April 2018.

New Go Ape Junior Tree Top Course

Our partners Go Ape have also been busy with a construction of their own in the shape of a new Junior Tree Top Course which can be seen at the far end of the existing car park. Due to the course finishing where the existing car park is now, the finishing touches will not be completed until we get into the warmer months this year.

Easter Holidays

For the Easter Holidays we have a number of Activity Sheets for young people to do when visiting. These include themed activities like Tree Bingo and Construction Dot –to – dot. We will also be paid a visit by Kieran and Kiera who are the mascots for Kier Construction on the 11th April 2018.

Communications

You can keep up with the developments by logging on to the Forestry Commission website at:

www.forestry.gov.uk/wendoverwoods or check in at our Facebook page;

For email enquiries please use info@wendoverwoods@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

 

Planning Application Details

The planning application can be found on the Aylesbury Vale Website at http://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application. The planning reference is 16/03982/APP.

 

Last updated: 27th March 2018

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