£5,000 raised to reopen Westbury Wildlife Park
Kira Emslie and Jonathan Ashley at Westbury Wildlife Park
Westbury Wildlife Park’s Go Fund Me target of £5,000 has been met by local donations.
The project to reopen this forgotten landmark in Westbury-on-Trym which closed 20 years ago, looks set to happen.
As reported in last month’s Henleaze and Westbury Voice, the community group behind the appeal wanted to raise £5,000 to cover the cost of insurance, equipment, PPE and tools for volunteers during phase one of the plan. They are working to restore the park to a condition that is safe, has disabled access and facilities, and to make it a place of beauty and encourage natural wildlife to flourish once more.
Kira Emslie and Jonathan Ashby organised the fundraising appeal and were delighted with the result, posting on social media: “We did it!!! We raised the initial funds we need to get insurance and organise for volunteers to get involved. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. We could not have done this without you!!”
The long-term ambition for the Wildlife Park is to be a family-friendly, biodiverse, outdoor space that protects local flora and fauna, with a cafe and educational workshops. Some of the Phase 1 projects which need completion before the Wildlife Park can reopen are the reinstatement of the old wildlife ponds, creating wildlife surveys and a woodland and grassland management plan, building a forest play area for children, setting up picnic tables and river clearance and maintenance, increasing biodiversity through careful planting schemes.
To find out more about Westbury Wildlife Park Foundation and their plans, or to volunteer see: www.wwpf.uk/