Thanks to funding from North Pennine Dales LEADER and the Weardale Area Action Partnership (AAP) the Low Barns Visitor Centre will be undergoing a major refurbishment this spring.
Zoe Hull, The Trust’s Head of Operations and Development said, ‘’Low Barns is a magical place, but the Centre was beginning to look a little tired so this investment from LEADER and the AAP is great news for the Trust and visitors to Low Barns .’’
The car park will be redesigned so that vehicles will no longer drive around the building, but the number of parking spaces will remain the same. This will make the site safer for pedestrians and allow the creation of a larger outdoor seating area with views across Marston Lake. The metal staircase up to the observation tower will be replaced and signage around the centre will be upgraded
Larger glass doors will be fitted to open up the indoor space and connect it to the new outdoor seating area. The shop and serving area will be refitted and improved and a separate preparation area created. The existing offices will be converted into a new meeting and exhibition space to allow Low Barns to host a wider range of events and activities and provide a greater resource for the local community.
Preparation works to allow the project to go ahead will start in early March with the main refurbishment currently anticipated to begin in April and end in July. There will be a dedicated page on the Trust website with information on the project and how it is progressing.
Trust Director, Jim Cokill said, ‘’This is an important project for the Trust and one that we hope members and volunteers will play a part in. Volunteers will be delivering some of the access and signage improvements that LEADER and the AAP are supporting. There’s other work on interpretation and engaging local people in nature conservation that we want to deliver and we’ll be launching a fundraising campaign for that very soon.’’
On Saturday 16th March a public presentation about the improvements will take place at Low Barns, all are welcome please email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
If you have any queries about the improvements generally please contact email@example.com or call 0191 584 3112.