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News from the Park and Forest

News from the Park and Forest

Tree Top Trail Closure

The Tree Top Trail will be closed for essential maintenance from 2nd January 2018 and may not be open again until February Half Term, dependent on weather conditions while work is carried out. Please phone the Rangers if you have any questions. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Why we have no rubbish bins

Moors Valley has always had a ‘no rubbish bin policy’.
Rubbish that is generated from purchases on site – Visitor Centre gift shop, restaurant, ice cream kiosk, go ape shop, railway gift shop and kiosks – can be returned to these outlets and is recycled where possible. However, visitors bringing picnic, barbeque and other rubbish to the site are asked to take their rubbish home, just as they would if they were visiting any other area of countryside where bins aren’t provided.

Bins, however often they are emptied, are unsightly, can smell, attract wasps and vermin and be dangerous to wildlife.
To empty bins vehicles are necessary, compromising visitor peace and safety.

Eight dog bins are provided in the Forest (see map leaflet).
Nappy bins are provided in the family toilets.

Play improvements

Out on the Play Trail  the Snake Pit has been replaced with a larger more exciting version by the original artist Andy Frost. Wibbly Wobble has replaced the Webs structure. The Funnel Trap has been removed to make way for the new Hawk House structure.
We’re working hard to improve the forest and everything it has to offer. When you pay for car parking at Moors Valley you’re making a direct contribution to that work – which includes new play structures like this – so thank you, we couldn’t do it without you.

Award winning!

Once again, we are thrilled to have recognised in the prestigious Dorset Tourism Awards for 2017. We received a Gold Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, and a Silver in the Artistic, Cultural and Learning Experience category.
In 2016  we won two Gold awards for the Access an Inclusivity and Sustainable Tourism categories of the Dorset Tourism Awards and two bronze awards at the South West Excellence in Tourism Awards in the same categories.

The judging panel considered our commitment to customer service, facilities management, information, accessibility, use of social media and effectiveness of websites as well as our environment and programme of events to help visitors learn and be active throughout the year.
Thank you to all our lovely visitors and partner organisations for your continued support.