New Look Woodland Centre

Saltburn Friends of the Valley Ltd, an independent local charity, is letting the light into Saltburn Woodland Centre.
Saltburn Woodland Centre has undergone a transformation – a building that was dark and shabby is now full of light with new doorway and ramp.

 It is usually approached from the paths that run down into the Skelton river valley from Albion Terrace near the playground, or can be discovered through walking up through the valley from the beach past the Miniature Railway shed and the Valley Gardens Tea Rooms.  The Centre is supported through the efforts of volunteers and a board of Trustees who, in 2008, secured a 25 year lease from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council on the centre and adjoining Old Nursery Gardens.
Since 2016 a project to make the centre fully accessible has been undertaken and now it has a new accessible entrance. Monies from  the North Yorkshire Coast and Hills  LEADER Programme, a European funding stream, the Big Lottery Awards for All programme, Saltburn Marske and New Marske Parish Council, the Impetus Trust, and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council funded the construction. The successful work of volunteers at the centre and project manager, Ingrid Salomonsen, has meant this development could take place.

The new entrance spans the width of one end of the building and opens into the Old Nursery Gardens The accessible pathway to the entrance links to the existing path which zig zags gently through the gardens. The new entrance has created more light in the centre and an opportunity for new activities. 

The centre is now focussed on the garden which means that parties and activities which need both of these areas function better. When necessary for health and safety reasons, the public access through the gardens can be suspended for private parties as there are other paths the public can use to gain access down into the valley. 
In summer 2019 we will be taking forward the development of the centre with opportunities for artists to display and sell their work. Saltburn Friends of the Valley Ltd has recently been gifted original photographic artwork from 1998 by Roger Polley and John Woodman called 'Mapping Saltburn'. This will be displayed in June at the Woodland Centre.

Volunteer gardeners meet on Thursdays and are currently developing the new wildflower garden and are completing a 'shade’ garden. 
We would like your ideas, skills and energy to help take things forward:  we welcome suggestions on our website and will gladly respond to offers from volunteers who may want to contribute in the garden and centre.

 We are also keen to hear from people who want to hire the centre for their events, courses or parties. We have a fully fitted kitchen and a wheelchair accessible toilet, with undercover pram and  buggy storage More information about costings can be found on the above website.  
The running costs of the Woodland Centre and Old Nursery gardens come from Saltburn Friends of the Valley membership fees, only £24 per annum for an adult, donations from individuals and groups, grants, and sales of postcards and other goods.