TEKELS PARK WILDLIFE CONCERN
FEARS FOR FUTURE
OF WILDLIFE AS
A SPIRITUAL RETREAT
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE
IS BEING SOLD
TO A DEVELOPER
So what about
The Tekels Park Deer ?
Not a protected species and could be slaughtered
Resident for centuries but could starve to death
if their foraging area is reduced or destroyed.
Development could cut off their feeding routes
or access to water.
They only have 50 acres to start with (small for
badgers), enclosed on three sides by urban
development and on one side by the M3 motorway
Legal Protection ?
Tekels Park has been designated a
SITE OF NATURE CONSERVATION INTEREST
This sounds impressive but unfortunately it carries
NO STATUTORY PROTECTION
This gift from a church member and place of
worship since 1931 is also being sold and the
congregation will have to negotiate for
permission to worship there.
The people who decided
to sell Tekels Park ?
Try finding any.
Selling a sanctuary for wildlife to a developer
could turn Tekels Park into a death camp for
animals. Management don’t want to talk about
this and are now hard to find items.
It is difficult to see how the existence of deer in
Tekels Park advertises itself as a Spiritual Retreat and
a wildlife sanctuary but news of the sale to a developer
has prompted many to raise serious concerns about the
fate of the Tekels Park Deer, Badgers and other wildlife.
Who’s posting this stuff?
Hi I’m Dave
& I’m opposed to the
killing of the Tekels Park animals
I’m Dave Marsland. This is my website.
You can email me on
Tekels Park is a 50 acre woodland estate near Camberley, Surrey, England, It is owned by the Theosophical Society (Adyar) in England and has been a Spiritual Centre since 1929. The sale to a developer is surrounded by secrecy but news is now leaking out and many are unhappy.
Tekels Park has always been a great source of pride to members of the Theosophical Society and this decision represents a fundamental change in attitude by the leadership.
What Could This Mean ?
A Deer in the Snow
Concerns are now being raised about the fate of the deer and other wildlife as Tekels Park in Camberley, Surrey is being sold to a developer.The theosophical Society in England leadership have simply stated in the Theosophical “Insight” journal that the part is being sold without explanation. The was not headlined but rather tucked away in the magazine and many members have missed it.
Tekels Park is sanctuary for animal wildlife including deer, foxes, squirrels, badgers, bats, newts and stoats, and for birdlife including sparrowhawks, woodpeckers, tawny owls and many more. There are many species of trees including 3 types of redwood, ginkgo, eucalyptus, red oak, tall magnolias and lebanese cedars.
The effect on the wildlife will be devastating and of particular concern is the fate of the deer. Although afforded protection from cruelty under UK Law, they are not a protected species and could be slaughtered. As with badgers, any reduction in their foraging area could mean starvation although in the case of deer, their plight would be more obvious and all would have to be killed.
Badger setts are protected by law but there is concern that development will destroy the badgers’ foraging area, on which they depend.
Protection for badgers’ foraging area is less clearly defined than for setts and developers can legally use heavy machinery 30 metres from the entrance to a sett and dig manually at 10 metres.
The minimum foraging area for a badger sett is around 30 acres and as Tekels Park is 50 acres surrounded by urban development and the M3 motorway, even a small level of development could wipe out the badgers.
Anger & Dismay
There is widespread anger and dismay at decision to sell Tekels Park to a developer. The Theosophical movement is shocked to hear the news and many of the English Society’s 200 members had no idea this was happening as the leadership made no official announcement at the time the decision was taken. A brief reference was made on page 21 of the final issue of the now defunct Insight Magazine in February 2010 but this does not mention that the sale is to a developer.
This quotation gives some idea of the importance of
“I know many people in the TS
(Theosophical Society) and Theosophical Movement think of
Theosophical Society in
After some uncertainty, Tekels Park camps have so far gone ahead even though the young people attending will certainly have been aware of the fate of the park and the inevitable impact on the wildlife. Any agreement regarding the future use of Tekels Park by Theosophical groups will be difficult to enforce.
Although the Tekels Park Guest House is still being used for
Theosophical Society events, many now feel unable to stay there, knowing what
may now happen to the park and the wildlife. No mention is made of the sale on
Madeleine Leslie-Smith, a long-term resident of
Disquiet amongst Liberal Catholic Church
Members over loss of control of the building
St Francis Church
St Francis Church was registered as a place of worship in 1931 by the Liberal Catholic Church
The St Francis Church Altar
There is disquiet amongst Liberal Catholic Church members that although St Francis Church may not face demolition, they will only be allowed to use the building courtesy of the new owner of Tekels Park and that the building may be made available to other groups.
The Liberal Catholic Church was founded by a member of the Theosophical Society in 1915 and has remained an integral part of the Theosophical Movement.
Selling the Gift
A great loss to the Theosophical Movement
The St Francis church building was a gift from Theosophical Society and Liberal Catholic Church member Josephine Chambres in 1930. This is a consecrated church and the Theosophical Movement will be spiritually poorer for its loss.
St Francis of
Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment
St Francis of
St Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals and the
Environment. These must have been important
considerations in dedicating a church in his name
but the association appears now to be inconvenient
The Bishops C W Leadbeater (left) and
James Ingall Wedgwood at Tekels Park in 1930
Bishop Wedgwood was the founder of the
Liberal Catholic Church.
Despite the long tradition at Tekels Park, the
Liberal Catholic Church are making no effort to
save their church.
The Liberal Catholic Church
The Liberal Catholic Church came into existence as the result of a
complete re-organization in 1915-16 of the Old Catholic Church in
(From the Statement of Principles of The Liberal Catholic Church, eight edition, 1986)
was established by the Theosophical Society in
The Diploma in Theosophy Course now being offered by the Theosophical Society in England appears to leave out the sensitive subject of Compassion for Animals.
The whole deal is shrouded in so much secrecy that even the majority of the Theosophical Society’s actual card carrying members don’t appear to know what is happening but here are some contact points.
Theosophical Society in
Tel 0207 563 9817
Please note that there
is more than one Theosophical Society. Only the Theosophical Society with its
The Theosophical Society
The Tekels Park Estate Limited
It is reported on some newsboards that the Tekels Park Estate Limited hope to get £6Million for the Estate but this may be optimistic at this difficult economic time. Members are at a loss to know why the leadership ignored professional advice in 2009 not to sell Tekels Park
Suggestions to save
Tekels Park are ignored
Many people including myself, have submitted suggestions to the Theosophical Society in England headquarters for helping to save Tekels Park for wildlife and Theosophy but all seem
to have been ignored. There has been no members’ open forum on the future of Tekels Park as this would allow a platform for grass roots members to express opposition to the sale and also may draw unwanted attention.
Do you have a suggestion for
saving Tekels Park
for wildlife and Theosophy?
I don’t normally have two ideas to rub together but I’ve sent a few suggestions in to the Theosophical Society in England headquarters in London.(no reply – probably in the bin).
There are many, in addition to Theosophists who would have an interest in saving Tekels Park, including conservationists, environmentalists, those concerned with animal welfare and local residents. Tekels Park is a venue within walking distance of Camberley centre and the potential for generating ideas is enormous, and so far untapped. If you have a constructive idea for saving Tekels Park, I will be happy to publish it on this website. I won’t publish your details if you want to remain anonymous. So please email me, Dave Marsland with your idea on email@example.com
one looks at how the sale of
developer will affect the wildlife and St Francis
it is easy to see why the
management have tried to keep it quiet.
Using Tekels Park
It’s Been Sold ?
What’s that all about ?
Reports have appeared on the internet that
there will be an agreement between the
the developer, by which the Society will be
able to use Tekels Park, after it has been
sold to the developer.
Even if this is true, and many members don’t
actually believe it, the following questions arise;
Whose lawyers are drawing up this agreement ?
Will the Theosophical Society in England members
get to see it before it is signed ?
Has a legal opinion as to the enforceability of
any such agreement been obtained ?
Will the Theosophical Society in England
have to pay to use Tekels Park ?
From the Website Owner:- Dave Marsland
I am dedicated to the future of the Tekels Park animals and have created this website in support of saving them.
My main concern in posting information on this, and related websites, is to draw attention to the sale of the 50 acre sanctuary for wildlife to a property developer and the inevitable deaths of the animals by slaughter or habitat destruction.
The killing of the Tekels Park animals would be an obscenity and as a long standing student of Theosophy, I cannot turn a blind eye.
I maintain that the Tekels Park management and the Theosophical Society in England leadership have attempted to keep the fate of the Park and its wildlife from public attention and the attention of the Theosophical Society in England members.
You may contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Theosophical Movement will be spiritually
poorer with the loss of St Francis Church
Website Owner:- Dave Marsland