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Geopartner Network Continues To Grow

The Geopark is proud to announce three new members of the Geopartner Network.

Mount St Bernard Abbey was founded in 1835 on land provided by Ambrose de Lisle, who was eager to re-introduce monastic life into this country. Today it continues to operate as a monastery, and there are also opportunities to visit the shop on site, as well as explore the footpaths that cross the estate. The monastery is also hope to England’s only Trappist beer – Tynt Meadow. In the image above, Peter Grady, Operations Manager, is pictured with one of the Brothers and their new Geopartner sign.

Horseshoe Cottage Farm is a truly tranquil self-contained escape in Leicestershire, offering three bedrooms, and is the perfect place to retreat with friends or family. Situated next to the historic Bradgate Park, this accommodation provider is ideally placed for people to explore the heart of Charnwood Forest on foot.

Linda with a wooden sign at Horseshoe Cottage FarmOwner Linda Jee is pictured with her Geopartner sign.

Wigwam Holidays Charnwood Forest sits in the heart of the Geopark, with six en-suite luxury glamping cabins. The site is surrounded by woodland and ponds, making it the perfect place to sit back, watch the sunset, and relax around a firepit. In 2023 they were Runner Up in the Best Glamping Site in the East Midlands.

The team from Charnwood Forest WigWams stand with the Geopartner Sign

Clare and Steve from Charnwood Forest Wigwam Holidays stand outside one of their glamping cabins

Our Geopartner Network is a group of organisations who support the Geopark and work together to build strong communities. Geopartners receive special events and training provided by the Geopark, as well as publicity through the website and social media. Organisations with a visitor experience, retail offer, accommodation, or event space will receive a listing on the official Geopark website map.

They are also entitled to display the special Geopartner logo within their organisation. Geopartners can be any kind of organisation, from businesses and community groups to schools and parish councils.

Membership of the Geopartner Network is free for the duration of the Geopark’s funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Following this (likely 2026 onwards) it is expected that there will be a small annual fee. To qualify to join, our Geopartners commit to a five point pledge: to celebrate Charnwood Forest, to work together, to conserve our heritage, to protect the environment, and to support the community.

You can discover more about the Network, and apply to join, here.

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