After a long wait… Tring Park’s Visit England result
The Woodland Trust is celebrating wonderful news from Tring Park! On Friday 21st September Tring Park was assessed by ‘Visit England’ with the hope that the destination site would be awarded the ‘Visitor attraction quality accreditation’. Great news in the end, Tring Park received a score of 83%.
The mobile visitor centre was on site for the assessment day, and staffed by Membership Development Officers Lorna and George. They got the assessment off to a flying start, receiving 90% in the staff section of the score card.
The assessor was especially pleased with the car park and entry, giving high scores or ‘first impressions’. This is a big win for the team, as so much time and hard work has been put into improving the ‘dog bin alley’ entrance into Tring Park.
Tring was in a favourable position as Woodland Trust sites Skipton Castle Woods, Heartwood Forest and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood had already received the accreditation. Learning from the other sites proved successful, with the website and access guide given high praise after we made changes based on recommendations from the previous assessments.
Sunshine held out meaning the beautiful views and the grandeur of the forest garden at Tring really stood out, with the assessor taking the longest way marked trail around site.
The assessor also made a number of constructive recommendations, including improving signage to the car park and suggested that the trails were developed further to allow visitors to explore the park in both a clockwise and anti-clockwise fashion.
A huge thank you to both regional colleagues, volunteers and the many central individuals who have supported the work at Tring this year – much appreciated!
Hannah – Visitor Experience Officer Tring Park
Feature image credit: Ben Coyte