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Visitor Centre extension at Severn Valley Country Park on schedule

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The project to extend the visitor centre at Severn Valley Country Park is on schedule to be completed on time.

An image of Severn Valley Country Park in Shropshire. featuring the Visitor Centre which is set for improvement works.

The extension of the Visitor Centre is on schedule to be completed on time

After weeks of ground work preparation, the steel structure and side panelling have been installed and the new look building is starting to take shape.

Paveaways, the building contractors, are on track to finish the work by the beginning of June, which will allow time for WWT Consulting to fit the exciting new interpretation in the new welcome area and café space.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“It’s fantastic news that the work on the extension of the visitor centre at Severn Valley Country Park is on schedule and set to be completed on time. I’d like to thank Paveaways and our wonderful staff. I’m looking forward to seeing the final result.

“It’s a testament to our staff and volunteers that we have been able to continue to offer a range of exciting events like Nordic Walking and over the school holidays including the forthcoming May half-term.”

The interpretation will tell the story of the park, provide seasonal information about wildlife visitors should expect to see and also include a fun new interactive children’s play zone. The centre should be open to visitors at the start of July.

The rangers have now completely moved out of the visitor centre and are available in the new hut for information and enquiries. The hut will also be the location or meeting point for a number of the children’s event to be held over the May half-term holiday.

May half-term holidays at Severn Valley Country Park

Rangers at Severn Valley Country Park will be running a range of exciting events for children introducing them to the wonderful wildlife and landscape at the Park.

An image of a ranger at Severn Valley Country Park about to lead a group of children on the mini woodland beasts session.Wednesday 29 May, 12-3pm – children will be able to drop in to make a woodland creature mask in a FREE craft session.

Friday 31 May, 12.30-3pm – rangers will be leading a FREE mini beast safari. All equipment and materials for both events will be provided.

Also, every day of the holidays (25 May to 2 June), a woodland creature self-led trail will be available to collect from the refreshment kiosk. Trail maps are £2 each.

Susie Comaish, visitor centre manager at Severn Valley Country Park, said:

“We’re looking forward to welcoming families to the Park over half-term where they will be able to learn more about the woodland creatures who live on site.

“It’s exciting to think that when our younger visitors break up for the summer school holiday, staff and volunteers will be back in our newly refurbished visitor centre and the new café and interactive play area will be open and available.”

The extension project is funded by a grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development under the Marches LEP Tourism Infrastructure priority.

The total cost of the project will be around £411,000, of which £295,839, will be grant-funded.

For more information about Severn Valley Country Park, visit the website.

Severn Valley Country Park is managed and maintained by Shropshire Council.