THE Discover Wistlandpound Centre, near Barnstaple, is set to become a valuable new education resource for local schools following the appointment of a manager. Discover Wistlandpound is a partnership project between Calvert Trust Exmoor, the Forestry

THE Discover Wistlandpound Centre, near Barnstaple, is set to become a valuable new education resource for local schools following the appointment of a manager.Discover Wistlandpound is a partnership project between Calvert Trust Exmoor, the Forestry Commission and South West Lakes Trust. The project is based around the reservoir, managed forest and heritage buildings located at Wistlandpound, near Barnstaple. The site has been recently developed and now provides a range of new wheelchair/pushchair accessible trails, activity equipment and stimulating sensory interpretation facilities for the public to enjoy.The partnership has announced the arrival of new centre manager Nicola Yeo. Nicola, who previously worked for the Simonsbath Outdoor Centre on Exmoor, will be organising a wide range of activities and new educational programmes for local schools. Nicola, who studied Rural Resource Management at university, said: "I am very excited about this new challenge and to be involved in this exciting project. I am also looking forward to working with the Forestry Commission, the Calvert Trust Exmoor and South West Lakes Trust, three organisations that are leading the way in developing recreation and education opportunities in the countryside."I am looking forward to raising the profile of the centre and forging more links with local schools and other groups. It is a beautiful place to visit and free to enjoy. There is a small charge for parking, money which is put back directly into project funds and used for the maintenance of the facilities around the lake."We are putting together a range of activities to market to local schools that will support and enhance the national curriculum, while giving children a chance to be outside enjoying nature. Our focus will initially be primary schools, key stages 1 and 2 but there is potential to develop activities for secondary schools in the future. The heritage building currently known as the Discovery Centre is going to be used as a classroom for visiting groups."David West, Development Manager at the Forestry Commission says: "We are very pleased to welcome Nicola to the team. Discover Wistlandpound is a fantastic resource for local people in the Barnstaple area to use and enjoy. It is a beautiful spot and perfect location for people of all abilities to enjoy the countryside. We look forward to working with Nicola to further raise the profile of the site and develop education opportunities."Darryl Birch, Exmoor Area Manager for the South West Lakes Trust says: "It is great that Nicola has joined the project at this stage, bringing a wealth of experience of working with young people in environmental and outdoor education. Wistlandpound is multi-faceted and diverse, and I believe that Nicola has all of the credentials to utilise all of these elements for the benefit of the project, to guarantee that the Discover Wistlandpound Centre develops as an important resource for the people from the surrounding communities."Tim Harris, Centre Director at Calvert Trust Exmoor is excited about this new educational opportunity. He says: "People of all abilities will be able to learn about and interact with Wistlandpound's beauty and wildlife. Nicola's role represents accessible education for all and we welcome her to the partnership.