‘The Wilderness Centre’ Reopens its Doors in the South West


The Wilderness Centre at Forest of Dean

Wilderness enthusiasts reopen much loved environmental education centre. The Wilderness Centre.

A group of volunteers have decided to take matters into their own hands, reopening a much loved environmental education centre which has been closed due to the cuts to run free courses, skill shares and workshops. The  wild life enthusiasts moved into the Wilderness Centre on Sunday 8th January to serve as caretakers and run it on a voluntary basis.

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In a Press Release the volunteers said: ‘We wish to work with the Friends of the Wilderness Centre and Gloucestershire councils to keep the centre open for the benefit of the local community and involve them in the process of deciding what the future of the centre should be. We believe there is an urgent need now more than ever to keep community hubs and educational spaces open so people can come together to learn skills and share ideas. These spaces empower and enable communities to collectively forge a truly sustainable economy and local resilience for the times ahead. This closure was an especially big blow to local young people as it deprived them of a means to learn about their ecological environment, learn skills to provide employment and took away their heritage. We follow in the footsteps of the HOOF campaign whose efforts led to the protection of the forest for future generations.’

The Wilderness Centre, in Mitcheldean, which opened 42 years ago, offers outdoor educational activities, environmental education and residential courses.

To those who would like to join, offer their support or contact the group, they can do so by post, telephone or on location at:


The Wilderness centre,

Plump Hill,


Forest of Dean,

Gloucestershire. GL17 0HA


For further information please contact the following by email or phone.

frankynecklace@yahoo.co.uk tel: 07929 619132

admin@apokaluptein.org.uk tel: 07811 726372


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