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Cast your vote at Tesco for Watchtree

July 3, 2023

Watchtree Nature Reserve calls for votes to get a share of Tesco’s Community Grants fund  Watchtree Nature Reserve is bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.   …

Win a Bike with Watchtree!

March 9, 2023

Terms and Conditions From the 1st of March to the 14th of May, Watchtree Nature Reserve Ltd will be running a grand prize raffle. Tickets will be sold in person and online. Tickets are £1 each. Watchtree Nature Reserve Ltd is registered to administrate small societies lotteries with Allerdale Borough Council. The draw will take …

Sponsorship for 2023 – David Allen Financial Services

February 22, 2023

We are delighted to announce that David Allen Financial Services are our sponsors once again for our 2023 Running Events! In addition to this, they continue to sponsor our main trail on the reserve – our Health and Wellbeing Trail. We will be sharing with you their tips and advice for your own financial health …

Watchtree Closed 15th & 16th February 2023

February 14, 2023

We’d like to remind all users of Watchtree Nature Reserve that the Visitors Centre (including cafe, main toilet facilities and Watchtree Wheelers cycle hire, cycle repair and sales) will be CLOSED for two days from tomorrow, Wednesday 15th February and Thursday 16th February 2023 to enable necessary major electrical work to be carried out safely. …

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 …

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