Explore the grounds of The Wolseley Centre

Explore The Wolseley Centre grounds

Something for everyone...

The Wolseley Centre is surrounded by 26 acres of wildlife-friendly grounds which are completely free to explore. Come along and experience many different wildlife habitats - including peaceful woodland, a colourful hay meadow, tranquil ponds and lakes and lush marshland - plus our display gardens. You can also attend a wild event at the centre, have fun on our play trail or relax and enjoy a picnic with lake views. There is something for everyone to get close to wildlife at The Wolseley Centre.  

Our new-look centre

Our Wolseley Centre is currently undergoing redevelopment. Whilst the grounds are still open to the public, the visitor centre is closed for the duration of the works. Our programme of events are still running but all sessions are held outside. More info here 

The Wolseley Centre, the Trust’s home since 2003, development, will see the creation of a new café with stunning views over the lake to enrich the visitor experience, a learning pod, new car park offering more spaces, improved interpretation and introducing new features across the well-visited site. The new-look centre will be open April 2019.  

Find out more here

Download our Wolseley Centre leaflet

The boardwalk at The Wolseley Centre

The boardwalk

A popular raised walkway that weaves above tranquil pools, bubbling streams and lush marshland, the boardwalk will bring you up close to water-loving wildlife.

Look out for water birds making their nests, frogs searching for a mate, and kingfishers swooping down for fish from the river. You can even enjoy a picnic on one of the two picnic benches on the boardwalk. 

The Play Trail at The Wolseley Centre

The play trail

Run, jump, climb and splash on our 11 natural play features, designed to encourage youngsters to enjoy playing outside in the natural world. Make a noise on our fishy sound sculptures, or find out what it's like to be a mole in our knobbly knoll tunnels.

The trail is funded by Aiming High for Disabled Children, which is administered by Staffordshire County Council. For a map of the Play Trail, scroll to the bottom of the page!

The wildlife garden

The wildlife garden at the Wolseley Centre is designed to give you lots of ideas about what you can do in your own garden to attract wildlife.

Be inspired by our wildlife pond, insect-friendly flower border, bird feeding station, bug hotel and environmentally-friendly vegetable beds.

Sensory garden at Wolseley

The sensory garden

Our sensory garden has been designed to stimulate the senses and contains plants that are highly scented, plants that rustle and plants that have interesting textures.

Many of the plants are in raised beds so they can be enjoyed by wheelchair users. The sensory garden is also a haven for wildlife, with our scented herbs attracting bumblebees in summer and the spiky heads of teasel offering seeds for birds during winter.

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Wildlife habitats

We've created a mini collection of the many different wildlife habitats that you can find in Staffordshire at The Wolseley Centre. There are areas of woodland, a hay meadow, a wet meadow, marshland, lakes and pools.

You will no doubt see lots of different wild creatures as you explore these habitats - from kingfishers on the river running through the wet meadow to dragonflies by the lakes and wildflowers in the woodland.

Don't miss out

Download maps of The Wolseley Centre and the Play Trail below to make sure you don't miss out on anything! Of course you can always visit us again, there is just too much exploring to do in a day!

Download a map of The Wolseley Centre

Download a map of the Play Trail

Stunning sculptures

Hidden around our site are stunning wildlife sculptures. See how many you can find! They are certainly worth an Instagram selfie with

Accessibility

There are a network of paths around the Wolseley Centre which are generally flat and suitable for wheelchair and pushchairs users. The boardwalk is also suitable for wheelchair users. Some of the outer areas around the grounds, such as the wet meadow and hay meadow, are uneven and can get muddy. For more information on accessibility, call 01889 880100 or email info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk 

Dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome around the grounds.

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