Burns Night sees a double celebration at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre on 25th January. The environmental education centre celebrates its New Year relaunch with an authentic Scottish dinner and dancing on the birthday of Scotland’s famed poet.
Kingcombe centre relaunch
The Centre will emerge for the celebrations from a winter refurbishment of all the residential accommodation and ‘The Barn’, the centre’s hub within the former farm. The overnight accommodation is comprised of ‘The Cowshed’, with its charming ensuite rooms and Beech Cottage with self contained facilities and views of the Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve. Set within wildlife friendly gardens and surrounded by almost a thousand acres of unsurpassed natural habitat, The Kingcombe Centre prides itself on its sustainability and emphasis on local food and the links between landscape and the food we eat.
The Kingcombe Centre’s Scottish Head Chef, Cameron Farquharson, said: “We are very excited about the relaunch and I can’t wait to welcome everybody to enjoy a taste of my homeland and celebrate a new beginning for our flagship centre for people and wildlife.”
Where nature and man have lived in harmony for generations
The Kingcombe Centre lies within the idyllic Kingcombe Meadows reserve, where nature and man have lived in harmony for generations. Dorset Wildlife Trust continues the traditional practices that have allowed the meadows, woods, stream and ancient lanes to survive, complete with their astonishing richness of wildlife. DWT’s wide range of courses and activities based at Kingcombe make it a unique place to encounter, learn about or simply enjoy nature.
A full course and activity programme for 2012 covers everything from wildlife identification and tracking to creative arts and crafts inspired by the landscape, while Kingcombe’s Conservatory Cafe reopens on Fridays to Sundays in February for light lunches or to book that special dinner.
The Burns Night dinner is on Wednesday 25th January at 7pm. £25 per person, booking essential on 01300 320684 or visit www.kingcombecentre.org
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
About The Wildlife Trusts The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) wildlifetrusts.org. There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch. Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas. We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife. Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors. Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas.
Cameron Farquharson in the Kingcombe Centre garden by SOPHIE FRANKS
Kingcombe Centre The Cowshed N HOAR