The Trust aims to provide an open place where the public can enjoy quiet, peaceful pursuits in a rural environment.
The Whitlingham Charitable Trust was created in 1988 to manage and maintain Whitlingham Country Park for the public's benefit. The main aim of the Trust was to ensure that the Park provided an open place where the public could enjoy quiet pursuits in a rural environment.
Large numbers of people visit Whitlingham Country Park to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the opportunity to partake in the water activities available on the Great Broad. The estimated annual attendance at the Country Park has increased to nearly 500,000 in 2013/14 of which 150,000 used the facilities at the Visitor Centre.
Managing these pressures in order to ensure that the park continues to provide opportunities for quiet enjoyment represents a considerable challenge. Day to day management of the Park as well as the operation of the Flint Barn visitor centre is the responsibility of the Broads Authority, while Norfolk County Council manages the water space and Whitlingham Adventure.
Who are we?
As a charity, the Trust comprises Trustees or ‘Directors’ appointed by the Broads Authority, Crown Point estate and the local authorities to oversee the way in which the park is run. The Trust’s main source of income is from car parking and access to the park is free.
The current chairman is Mr Martin Shaw OBE and the other Trustees are Mr R Bennett (Vice Chairman), Mr R Hutton, Mr M Falcon, Mr J Colman, Mr M Bradbury, Mr V Thomson, Mr J Ash and Mr B Keith.
Whitlingham Charitable Trust is a registered charity and subject to charity law. In particular it is regulated by the Charity Commission and subject to their guidance. The Whitlingham Charitable Trust is also subject to its own constitution, namely its Memorandum and Articles of Association, which are approved by the Charity Commission.
Whitlingham Annual Forum Meeting
An open public meeting is held annually to discuss all issues relating to the Country Park. The last meeting was held on Monday 21st November 2016.
The date of the next meeting is to be confirmed and will take place at the Flint Barn Visitor Centre, Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8TR.
Secretary and Registered Office:
The Whitlingham Charitable Trust is a company limited by guarantee and registered with the Registrar of Companies. Its company secretary is David Harris, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY which is also the company's registered office.