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Site Improvements

Improvements to Wendover Woods Visitor Facilities.

Wendover proposal

WENDOVER WOODS £4.5MILLION TRANSFORMATION

UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2018

The Forestry Commission’s Wendover Woods Forest Centre, near Aylesbury is now seven 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 construction of the new car park has now been completed and handed over with only the landscape planting to be completed during the planting season. 

The new exit road has been finished.

Work on our all ability paths around the core area and linking to the new cafe has been suspended during the school holidays but will recommence in September. 

Our new café works have commenced, although this is not due to be completed until November 2018. The concrete slab has been poured, the steel framework erected and the roof is now being installed. A new soakaway to service the new café has also been installed beneath ground in front of the new café itself.

There are viewing points inserted into the hoarding around the café for you to view its progress if you so wish.

Our new Information Point has also been completed and now houses the paypoint machines where you can make payment for car parking just before you leave.

Forestry Commission Staff are now located in the Information Point on a daily basis. Opening hours are 8.45am – 8.00pm daily. The Information Point can be contacted by telephone on 01296 696184.

New Play Trail

The New Play Trail is now set to get underway in September with the Play Trail being constructed first and the play equipment second. There will be a short and long trail to experience. There will be some disruption caused as this works takes place with the closing of certain areas/trails whilst the construction is carried out. This will be kept to a minimum.

In the meantime we have installed some temporary play equipment behind the existing café and a new tepee and judging by its immediate usage has proved to be a successful temporary measure.

More Toddler play equipment will be installed alongside the new café once it 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. This course has now been completed and is now open. It has seen an excellent response to opening as feedback has been very positive. Contact the Go Ape team for bookings.

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@forestryengland.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: 11th September 2018

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