How it all started
When our Head Gardener, Richard Todd, finally realised his dream to open up a 20 acre overgrown woodland at the end of the property in 2005, it provided the perfect opportunity for us to expand our links with local community groups and enabled a wide range of local people to be involved in the outdoors at Anglesey Abbey.
Helping hands along the way
The once impenetrable woodland became our Wildlife Discovery Area. This has only been possible with help and hard work from many community groups and businesses who enabled us to create over 2000 metres of pathway, put in access bridges, build a bird hide, log wall, dreaming dome, discovery cabin, clear the pond and to create an insect hotel to name but a few.
What's happening now?
Today many of these groups as well as new ones come to Anglesey regularly and help us care for and develop the wildlife discovery area. They are involved in surveying and developing habitats for wildlife, outdoor arts projects and woodland conservation tasks.
Our local links
We have many links with local schools, charities and other organisations. Here is a list of some of them.
Our work in action
To get a real feel for the type of work we do, take a look at this video.
Entitled 'Hedgehogs - the Great Escape', it shows us working with Highfields School in Ely to build hedgehogs habitats here at Anglesey Abbey
How you can get involved
If you would like to know more about any of our projects or get involved yourself please contact:
Sophie Atkinson, Community Engagement Assistant
or by e-mail.
Our future plans
Over the next year we plan to expand our Family Volunteering pilot school, work closely with students across Universities in Cambridge, continue our ongoing work with local community groups at Anglesey involving them in other areas of the property and strive to get as many young people as possible outdoors and close to nature.