Death announced of GreenWood Park’s Founder
The originator of Green Wood (Forest Park), Mr Stephen Bristow MBE passed away on Sunday 10th of May 2020, following a courageous battle against brain cancer.
Born in 1951 In the south of England, Steve spent his early years studying horticulture. He met his wife, Andrea, whilst working on a horticultural project in Oxfordshire; they later married and had 3 sons.
After completing his degree, Steve spent some years in the Sudan, where he worked on a project planting trees in the desert.
After studying at Bangor University as a mature student in the 1980’s the Bristow family moved to North Wales: their aim to set up an environment education project to tell people about trees; raising awareness of the importance of forests across the world.
They bought 17-acres and the GreenWood opened in 1993. When they introduced ‘fun’ to the park the visitor numbers doubled. Each year after that they introduced a new ride using the criteria that each had to comprise an exercise or low energy element. Steve and Andrea created the highly successful basis for the park as it is today – and that green and sustainability message lives on.
Steve was awarded an MBE, for services to tourism, in 2009 along with his wife Andrea.
Steve was particularly proud of the positive impact of employing young local people and the transferable skills this provided.
Steve and Andrea sold GreenWood in 2017 in order to enjoy retirement.
Recognised across the North Wales Tourism industry as an incredible man with extraordinary vision, Steve will be sorely missed by all at GreenWood and in the industry. His legacy lives on at the Park.
The thoughts of the current owners and all the GreenWood family are with Andrea and their family at this time.