A MULTI-AWARD-WINNING hotel on the outskirts of Wrexham and Chester has launched a new British Wildlife Trail.

Carden Park Hotel's new trail, aimed at families seeking an immersive outdoor experience, is in support of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust. It will be available to all visitors of the estate and is free to use.

With a mission to ignite a resurgence of nature and empower individuals to contribute to conservation efforts, the fun and learning can continue after the trail has been explored with direct access via QR code to the trusts’ online resource centre.

Spanning across the stunning 1,000-acre grounds of the Carden Park Estate, the British Wildlife Trail is a captivating quest for its guests which will take them on a journey to uncover hidden locations that are cherished by local wildlife.

The array of creatures that call Carden Park Estate home and visitors on the trail can expect to encounter include badgers, swans, bees, foxes, hedgehogs, woodpeckers, and pheasants.

The trail also includes a link to fun, wild and free activities people can do to continue their wild exploration at home, as recommended by Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

This addition to Carden Park Hotel’s offering follows the recent achievement of the Green Tourism Silver badge. Alongside the new trail, the hotel’s other initiatives include the use of renewable energy sources, incorporation of locally grown ingredients for its food menus, and even the production of its own blend of sparkling wine with grapes harvested from the onsite private vineyard, plus electric charging points and solar panels across the estate. 

Peter Pattenden, golf course and estate manager at Carden Park Hotel, said: “The Carden Estate is booming with wildlife, it has actually been an exceptionally fantastic year for breeding so far too.

"Our nesting swans have been a popular favourite for some time, and now they have six fluffy grey cygnets in tow. You can find various habitats within the grounds, from; running streams, young and ageing woodland, grass banks and open fields.

"We also keep large, localised conservation areas on-site, providing homes to various wildlife such as; common hares, a healthy hedgehog population, barn owls, kingfishers and the team are also lucky to regularly get a glimpse of our resident roaming foxes early in the morning.

"The trail stands testament to our commitment to environmental conservation and the delicate ecosystems that surrounds Carden Park. We hope it ignites intrigue for conserving British Wildlife for those who take part.”


Adam Linnet, wilder communities manager at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, added: “Nature is our free gym, therapist, kitchen and muse. It can give something to us all each day if we take the time for our own wellbeing to explore and notice wildlife on our doorstep.

"Sadly, the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth. But there is hope. It‘s not too late to reverse the interlinked nature and climate emergencies. We can all do small things that make us feel happier and healthier whilst experiencing and helping nature.

"When in the countryside, in a town, in a city or at Carden Park, visit cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk for lots of ways you can connect with and help local wildlife where you live, work and play.”