So just what does happen to the old visitor centre once our brand new one opens in Summer 2018?
It’s far more exciting – and challenging – than simply being a case of out with the old and in with the new.
Just like any property move – it’s all about location, location, location. And the old centre quite simply didn’t have it. Or rather it has too much of it – if you’re talking about important trees and habitat.
The proximity of the old centre to a number of ancient oaks was the main reason why we opted for a new home, away from this Site of Special Scientific Interest, over at Forest Corner.
So whilst everyone is visiting and enjoying the new centre once we open the doors, quietly – very quietly, actually, our project team will move on to the next phase of work, the remediation of the old one.
Due to the location, this has to be done with the utmost sensitivity, with very strict guidelines about the type of equipment we can use on site, and how we can remove the old building without damaging this precious area.
It’s going to be a challenge, but equally, it’s a thrilling prospect, to be able to see this area returned to its wild state – a gradual reclaiming of ground by nature.
So whilst we get a new home for visitors, the wildlife, flora and fauna will be taking up its new residence over at the old place. A successful link in the property chain!