About us

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

The Big Picture

The Big Picture, a significant programme of works which will add to the variety of core attractions at Kielder Water & Forest Park, is currently taking place. The developments mean there will be even more fun things to do in the Park as well as providing extra employment and business development in the area.


Member and affiliates information:


Calvert Trust Kielder

For over 30 years Calvert Trust Kielder has been enabling people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through adventure activities in the countryside.

It provides a secure but challenging environment for visitors to enjoy an outdoors adventure holiday in a stunning location. Respite guests, independent and group guests and families staying in self-catering chalets can enjoy a wealth of activities including sailing, climbing, abseiling, canoeing and swimming.

Today its three centres (there are also activity centres in Exmoor and the Lake District) welcome over 11,000 visitors each year, helping them challenge disability and providing more opportunities to find out that ‘it’s what you CAN do that counts!”

Further information about Calvert Trust


Environment Agency

The Environment Agency's job is to look after the environment and make it a better place - for now, and for future generations. One of it’s main functions at Kielder is to set the water release regime for the reservoir.

The Environment Agency also owns the Kielder Salmon Centre which was opened 30 years ago to compensate for the loss of important breeding habitat caused by the construction of the Kielder dam. Since then the hatchery has become a centre of excellence for the rearing of salmon and other protected species like Ennerdale Charr and Freshwater Pearl Mussels.

Working with business, Government and society as a whole, the Environment Agency strives to makes the environment cleaner and healthier.

Further information about The Environment Agency


Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission manages the woodland and it’s stewardship to deliver a wide range of benefits. These include timber production for industry, employment, informal and formal recreation, conservation, bio-diversity and to help combat climate change.

There are around 200 people employed both directly and indirectly in timber harvesting and so the forest plays a vital role in the economy of the north east of England.

It also owns Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge of the Duke of Northumberland.

Kielder Forest is managed sustainably and is a valuable home and sanctuary for many species of flora and fauna, including deer, squirrels birds of prey, border mires with peat bog plant species.

Permits are required to work in the forest for many different reasons including survey work, events (such as rallies), firewood permits and vehicle access. If you wish to acquire a permit, are unsure whether your proposed activity requires a permit or for further information about the permit system please contact Forestry Commission on 01434 220242.

Further information about the Forestry Commission


Northumberland County Council

Following the amalgamation of the district, borough and county councils, the New Northumberland County Council will become responsible for all local government services in the county from April 1, 2009.

The councils are merging to provide a more streamline, efficient and cost effective service with less duplication.

The new authority will serve a population of 370,000 residents, providing key community services including education, social services, highways, planning, refuse collection and environmental services.

For further information, or to find your nearest customer service centre, log on to the Northumberland County Council website or telephone 0845 600 6400


Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water Limited operates in the north east of England, where it trades as Northumbrian Water and provides water and sewerage services to 2.6 million people, and in the south east of England, where it trades as Essex & Suffolk Water and provides water services to 1.8 million people.

Northumbrian Water manages Leaplish Waterside Park which boasts luxury accommodation and a number of attractions including the Boat Inn restaurant and bar, indoor swimming pool, play garden, mapping and the Osprey ferry.

A purpose built, Scandinavian-style conference and training suite is available all year round.

Kielder Water is also one of Northumbrian Water's six premier fisheries, offering outstanding natural beauty, quality fish and an exceptional boat fleet.

Further information about Northumbrian Water


Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is the largest environmental charity in the region working to safeguard native wildlife. One of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK, Northumberland Wildlife Trust has campaigned for nature conservation for over 40 years.

It aims to inform, educate and involve people of all ages and backgrounds in protecting their environment in favour of wildlife and conservation.

Supported by over 13,000 individual and 100 corporate members in the region, Northumberland Wildlife Trust manages and protects critical species and habitats at over 60 nature reserves throughout Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Further information about the Northumberland Wildlife Trust


Site photography by Keith Paisley, Mark Pinder, Charles Barclay, Bob Sheil, Kristen McCluskie, Michael Baister, David Williams, James Morris and Peter Sharpe


Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust. A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England & Wales number 7424020. Registered charity number: 1139328

Registered Office: Northumbria House, Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5FJ.