Trust’s revamped Wolseley Centre HQ and new Kingfisher Café is officially opened by Staffordshire dignitaries

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s new-look Wolseley Centre headquarters and brand new Kingfisher Café, near Rugeley, were officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire and other VIP guests at a special event on Wednesday 12th June.

The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson, who is also the Patron of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, was joined by the High Sherriff of Staffordshire, Ashley Brough, the Mayor of Stafford Borough Council, Gareth Jones, and the Vice Chairman of Staffordshire County Council, Paul Snape. Groups, individuals and businesses who had provided funding to make the dream of the revamped centre become a reality also attended.

The Wolseley Centre, the Trust’s home since 2003, has undergone a major redevelopment since the end of last year.

The dignitaries and guests were given a tour of the new centre and café and spoke to staff and Trustees at the Trust about the work of the charity. They also learned more about the charity’s 50th anniversary plans which have been taking place in 2019.

Julian Woolford, Chief Executive of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We were delighted the Lord Lieutenant and guests were able to join us and make the opening of our revamped centre such a success.

“The Wolseley Centre is a great place for people to come and relax and enjoy nature. Children especially love it. Hopefully the new cafe and shop will make it an even more attractive place to visit.”

Notes to Editors

The new Kingfisher Café sells hot meals, sandwiches, cakes and drinks and offer stunning views over the lake at Wolseley to enrich the visitor experience. The visitor centre improvements included a new look shop, improved interpretation and introducing new features across the well-visited site.

Since opening in 2003, over one million visitors have enjoyed getting close to wildlife at the Trust’s popular visitor centre and HQ. This year is a very special year for the Trust, marking 50 years since the charity was formed in 1969.

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This year is a very special year for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, marking 50 years since the charity was formed in 1969. To celebrate, the Trust has plenty planned to mark the occasion. Visit to find out more.  


Pic attached shows Trust chairman Richard Higgs (left) and Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson officially opening the centre