Cedars Nature Centre Re-Opens – April 12th
Written by Mickey Gocool on 07/04/2021
Cedars Nature Centre is set to reopen its doors on the 12th of April with the team looking to the future with exciting developments.
Like many UK Zoos, Cedars Nature Centre has been under increasing pressure as the lockdowns persisted meaning their source of much-needed income which was used to care for the animals all but vanished overnight. The zoo came close to closure but thanks to an incredible fundraising effort and the support and love of the local community has been able to survive the latest lockdown and plan to reopen its doors once again on April 12th.
Cedars Nature Centre is a little zoo that packs a mighty punch, hidden inside a corner of Cedars Park, the team behind Cedars Nature Centre took over what’s used to be pets corner from the council in 2016.
Home to a variety of small species such as a friendly mob of Meerkats, Skunks, Owls, Reptiles, Invertebrates, Armadillos, Rabbits and staff favourite PB the Pheasant, amongst others, Cedars Nature Centre is a real hidden treasure. The team here pride itself on providing excellent customer service with a personable approach, the team know many of their visitors by name. Cedars Nature Centre also hugely passionate about education and love to educate all patrons both old and young about the animals in their care, conservation and the natural world.
There are plans in place to build a community classroom in their grounds so that school and educational groups from the local community can utilise the space to further enhance learning and Cedars Nature Centre are currently looking at potential funding opportunities to make this dream a reality.
Behind the scenes, during lockdown, the dedicated team of staff have worked hard to ensure the centre is in ship shape ready for the re-opening. With painting, planting and general tidying the order of the day.
There are even a couple of surprise new residents waiting to meet you.
Sadly the Marmoset exhibit has had to be postponed due to lack of funding, as a result of covid, but the team are hopeful this area will instead provide a summer basking spot for the various tortoises that call Cedars Nature Centre their home. With plans still in place to welcome Marmosets when the funds allow.
Director Stuart Short had this to say “We are delighted to be in the position to be able to reopen on April 12th, the entire team are hugely passionate about the centre and can’t wait to be able to see all our visitors again. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the public for their incredible support over the past year, without you we wouldn’t have been able to weather the storm and be in a position to reopen this April. We would also like to thank the council and local MP Charles Walker for their support and kind words.”
Cedars Nature Centre pride itself on being affordable for all, community zoo.
Tickets cost just £1 per child (under 2s are FREE) and £2 an adult SEN groups are FREE.
Due to covid restrictions, the zoo is currently operating on timed 45 minute slots, with a much-reduced capacity and prebooking in place.