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Paul O'Grady's The Great Escape in Kent features The Wildwood Trust and Port Lympne

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I love  Paul O’Grady’s programmes and tonight, I’m looking forward to watching The Great Escape in Kent.

For tonight at 8:30, the programme will include a visit to The Wildwood Trust near Canterbury.  (It also has a base in Devon.)

The Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain’s most threatened wildlife, and it is or has been involved in work such as:

  • Saving the water vole
  • Using wild horses to help restore Kent’s nature reserves
  • Bringing beavers back to Britain
  • Returning the hazel dormouse and red squirrel to areas where they had previously been extinct

You can find out about their mission here.

6 Ways to Support the Wildwood Trust:

  1. Become a member – you can give a membership as a gift too
  2. Adopt an animal – there are three different levels of adoption starting at £25
  3. Support an appeal by making a donation
  4. Buy something from their online shop – these include experiences and courses
  5. Discover more about what they are doing so that you can tell people about it!
  6. Follow them on Twitter and/or Facebook and help spread the word


Donate to help bears Mish and Lucy here
(They were found as cubs abandoned in Albania and the Trust offered to give them a home.)


A quick timeline:

1999 The Trust opened as a centre of excellence for conservation

2002 It was established as a registered charity

2015 It opened up a park at Escot in Devon

2020 In Kent, it now has 40 acres of ancient woodland, with bears, wolves, bison, der, foxes, red squirrel, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers, beavers and others – there are about 200 native animals there.

Visit the Wildlife Trust’s website

Visit their Facebook Page

Visit their Devon Park website

16 December 2020

Paul O'Grady is visiting Port Lympne, a safari/wildlife park in Kent - find out more - and the Aspinall Foundation.   The Foundation is committed to conservation, through captive breeding, education and reintroduction. It is working in some of the world’s most fragile environments to save endangered animals and return them to the wild.

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