Dear Friends and supporters of the Wilderness Centre
This Newsletter is being issued to inform you of the final outcome and to formally thank all those who have supported the Friends of the Wilderness Centre in our community effort to save the environmental education service once delivered out of the Wilderness and Plump Hill Centres.
The end game
Our efforts have not been totally in vain – for although we failed to get the Wilderness Centre transferred to a community run social enterprise, the county council has resisted selling the estate to a property developer and has sold the centre to an education business that may well offer an education provision to the past community of users.
A big thank you to all supporters
Throughout our campaign it has been heartening to receive widespread community support from all those who did what they could, when they could. Thanks are due to all those who have given support in terms of your time - thousands of hours of volunteer effort have been clocked up. A big thank you to all those who have donated money and borne the financial costs to support the campaign expenses. Thanks also to individuals and organisations that have provided resources, advice and expertise when required. Finally, a big thanks to those organisations and individuals who pledged further funding support and volunteer expertise if we had been able to start up business as a social enterprise. The list of supporter names is much too long to list here and we don’t want to exclude any by identifying a few – it really was a whole community effort.
This thank you is going out to all our supporters, to be found in our schools, colleges, community groups, business community, local citizens, politicians and the celebrities who all did what you could when you could to help.