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Site Improvements

Improvements to Wendover Woods Visitor Facilities.

Wendover proposal

WENDOVER WOODS £4.5MILLION TRANSFORMATION

UPDATE – MAY 2018

The Forestry Commission’s Wendover Woods Forest Centre, near Aylesbury is now four months into 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 management system.

A new road layout will also be constructed including a new exit road to help remove vehicles from the main core area of 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 Principal contractors carrying out the work on behalf of the Forestry Commission.

Since the last update the site has benefitted from some excellent weather which has allowed for progress to be made on all areas.

The removal of the excavated soil material is now nearing completion. This work has taken longer than expected due to the poor weather.

The construction of the new car park has really progressed over the last few weeks with the structure of the parking bays starting to emerge. The contractors have also started construction of the drainage in this area. The new car park is expected to be completed in June 2018.

The new exit road has kerbs installed now and the levels brought up to a point where the final road surface can be laid.

Our new café works have commenced, although this is not due to be completed until November 2018. The concrete blinding slab has been laid ready for the piling works to commence which will form part of the new café’s foundations.

Our new Information Point has also seen significant progress over the last few weeks and has had the main structure established and the internal space laid out. New windows and doors are now being installed. The Information Point will be the new location for our Car Park Pay Stations, where you will pay for parking before you leave, rather than on entry.

New Play Trail

The Forestry Commission have recently been granted the funding needed to develop the 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. Planning meetings under the new Framework agreement have already been arranged and there is a lot of activity behind the scenes to progress this rapidly. Initially the all-ability trail will be constructed first with the play equipment being installed once this is completed.  

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.

 

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: 3rd July 2018

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