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At the Wildlife Park we are devoted to the conservation of native wildlife and the protection of the biodiversity of the planet. Our aim is to inspire people to connect with nature and help them to understand the interdependence of humans, animals and the environment. With ongoing climate change issues and habitat loss, in 2020 we will be thinking about this more than ever with continued conservation work on the wider Armathwaite Hall Estate.
We have an abundance of native habitat including upland hay meadows, freshwater ponds and many old native trees. The old Oak Trees in the Gibbon and Lemur Enclosures are approximately 140 years old, so will have been alive in Victorian times!
To reinforce the population of these precious old and native trees, we have been running a tree planting project with the Woodland Trust for the last 10 years, which has seen approximately 10,000 trees and shrubs planted at the two-acre Whitebecks Woodland site. Last February Keswick Scouts joined conservation volunteers and staff to plant a further 2500 trees as part of an initiative in conjunction with Cumbria Woodlands and United Utilities. Around the Estate small shrubs and trees have been planted to create hedgerows, which provide essential habitat and corridors for birds, mammals and insects.
2020 marks the year for us to plant another 2,500 trees to take the total to 15,000 trees! This year we are again looking for help to create our ever growing woodland. We are looking for both individuals or small businesses to help us out. So, if you would like to do your bit for conservation do please get in touch. Contact reception on 017687 76239