TV architect George Clarke backs Kielder dark skies project

A new scheme to enhance England’s number one visitor attraction has got off to a star-studded start with the support from a TV architect

Mark Pinder George Clarke at the Treehouse in Kielder, Northumberland
George Clarke at the Sky Den tree house at Kielder in Northumberland

TV architect George Clarke has given his backing to the project turning part of the North into England’s first dark sky forest.

Sunderland-born George has joined the Friends of Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland, which aims to protect the area set to be become home to Northumberland International Dark Sky Park - the largest Dark Sky Park area of protected night sky in Europe.

George, who designed the Sky Den tree house at Calvert Trust Kielder, spent a lot of time in the Park while filming for his Channel 4 programme, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

He said: “I’m delighted to become a Friend and support Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust in their commitment to continue developing such an impressive destination.

“I used to visit the Park regularly as a child. Living in the North East, we’re so lucky to have this great wilderness right on our doorstep. The Sky Den tree house we built for Amazing Spaces just increases the list of unique experiences on offer in a truly amazing place.”

People can join the Friends group from £2 a month, getting access to exclusive events, offers and promotions.

Friends receive a membership card and lapel pin badge, an e-newsletter, Friends-only events and behind the scene talks and tours. They also qualify for free car parking on certain weekends and discount rates for last minute offers.

Lynn Turner, director of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “The Trust is a registered charity which works to develop the park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

“Through the Friends scheme we hope to conserve wildlife, develop arts activities and build educational opportunities, as well as continuing to enhance the great leisure and recreation attractions available at the Park.

“George Clarke is a best Friend and a real ambassador to the Park - the Sky Den tree house is a great example of what is on offer here - an amazing visitor experience to inspire and delight.”

For a Friends application form and more info, visit www.visitkielder.com/friends or call 0845 155 0236.

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