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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Date change to two day closure of Watchtree Services

January 20, 2023

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Date change to closure of Watchtree Services The reserve will now be closing on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February 2023, instead of Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th February 2023 as previously advertised. Due to unforeseen circumstances, DEFRA (Watchtree landlords) have had to delay the replacement of the power cable as previously planned. …

Christmas Opening Hours

December 13, 2022

Please take note of our opening hours over the Christmas period – we are closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The Visitors Centre, Cafe and Watchtree Wheelers will also be closed at these times. However as always, members of Watchtree will still have out of hours access on these days. Speaking of which, …

Monday 19th of September – Bank Holiday for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

September 14, 2022

The following adjustments have been made to our opening times and available services: Nature reserve, car parks and toilets open 9am until 5pm Cafe open 10am to 3.30pm, reduced service offering drinks and snacks only, no hot food or sandwiches. Watchtree Wheelers and all other services will be closed all day. Thank you for your …

Balfour Beatty Watchtree Volunteer Day

August 5, 2022

Staff members from Balfour Beatty organised a Community Volunteer Day in aid of Watchtree Nature Reserve on Friday 5th August 2022. 39 employees of Balfour Beatty, Capita, Electricity North West, Trait Groundwork, Sunbelt Rentals and UK Electrical Services joined forces with Watchtree Estates Team Volunteers for the day to work on projects on the reserve. …

Watchtree Seasonal Series 2022 – Summer Run

June 15, 2022

Wednesday 22nd June 2022 Welcome to the second run of the 2022 Seasonal Series, kindly sponsored by David Allen Financial Services! Whilst we hope that as many people as possible will turn up for the run on the evening, we acknowledge that for various reasons you may not be able to attend. Fear not…….you will …

Kevin’s Watchtree Walk Challenge

June 1, 2022

 Five years ago, aged just 54, Kevin Kerr, a logistics operative from Carlisle, suffered a near fatal haemorrhagic stroke.  Against the odds, he survived but the damage it caused to his body was catastrophic, and he lost all use of the left side of his body.   Now unable to use his left arm at all, and …

Robert Johnstone’s Lakesman Journey

May 25, 2022

Regular Watchtree visitor Robert Johnstone is competing in the Lakesman Full Distance Triathlon on Sunday 19th June 2022 in aid of Watchtree! We are honoured that Robert has chosen Watchtree and Watchtree Wheelers as his chosen charity. Every penny raised goes back to the reserve or to develop our fleet of adapted cycles, making nature …

Cycle the Solway Blog Post

May 15, 2022

What a weekend! After 3 years planning, postponing, adapting, and waiting – we finally hosted our very own Cycle the Solway sponsored by @Dodds Accountants! All results are available to view by clicking on the link for each distance: These events do not just happen and the list of thank you’s is long – so I’ll …

Solway Cycle Challenge Press Release

July 7, 2021

Watchtree Nature Reserve kicks off its fundraising, accessible cycling project by launching a new cycling event for 2021; The Solway Cycle Challenge. The Solway cycle challenge is a virtual event that uses local landmarks to explore the beautiful and varied Solway plain. The event has been put together to help raise funds for a Vello …

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