Times of gold for popular Boar Park

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Environmental Artist Geoff Whitley created the framework for the roundhouse at Bowland Wild Boar Park

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Environmental Artist Geoff Whitley created the framework for the roundhouse at Bowland Wild Boar Park

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There’s gold in them thar hills of Bowland – just ask the teams running the Wild Boar Park in Chipping.

Having gained the Green Tourism Business Scheme’s silver award for two years, the popular family run business has now come tops to win the scheme’s gold award.

Owner Chris Bailey said: “We first installed a wind turbine and two solar panels to generate our own electricity, and we have now installed more solar panels on the roofs. “With the generator we already have, this means we no longer need mains electricity.”

Heat and hot water for the classroom and office is also now supplied in this way, and Chris added they have introduced recycling bins to encourage visitors to separate their rubbish, and switched to environmentally friendly soap in the washrooms.

Another project nearing completion is the Iron Age roundhouse, which was thatched last week by expert Edwin Lundy. Now Chris is inviting local school children to help with the next stage – daubing the walls to complete the traditional Iron Age wattle and daub lining to the roundhouse, and he asks them to contact him to take part.

Another attraction for children is some new play equipment, but everyone visiting the park should be delighted with the spring season’s baby lambs, chicks, calves, wallabies. meerkats, wild boar and the first baby llama born there this year. Some animals can be fed, while along the woodland paths, red squirrels might be spied by families enjoying a day out.

There is also a straw barn play area, great for youngsters, tractor and trailer rides are available for an additional small charge or are free for group visits of 10 or more, and children’s birthday parties are also catered for.

Bowland Wild Boar Park is open from 10am to 5pm and for details of costs and times, phone 01995 61554.