Lancashire visitor centre project given £100,000 boost

PROJECT: Cuerden Valley Park manager Jim Longbottom with plans for the new centre
PROJECT: Cuerden Valley Park manager Jim Longbottom with plans for the new centre
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  • Cuerden Valley Park Trust awarded a grant to help fund the building of a new visitor centre
  • The construction will use environmentally-friendly materials including timber grown in the park
  • The eco-friendly building will house a classroom/function room, toilets, café and an office
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A project to build a £400,000 visitor centre in Cuerden Valley Park, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, has been given a £100,000 boost.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded the Cuerden Valley Park Trust a grant to help fund the building of the centre.

This grant is fantastic news for the park and will go a long way towards making our dream of a visitor centre a reality.

Lesley Cryer

The building will be constructed using environmentally-friendly materials including bales of straw, along with timber grown in the park itself.

Once completed, the eco-friendly building will house a classroom/function room, toilets, café and an office for the park staff.

The Trust currently rents rooms in The Barn Visitor Centre from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Veolia says it will now start working with the Cuerden Valley Park Trust to finalise the details of their project, including the start date.

It wants to get the project up and running as soon as possible.

Cuerden Valley Park’s Events and fundraising manager Lesley Cryer said: “This grant is fantastic news for the park and will go a long way towards making our dream of a visitor centre a reality.

“The new visitor centre will be a great benefit to everyone that enjoys visiting the park and will enable many more school children to come here on educational trips.”

The executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, said: “We have been supporting community and environmental projects for over 17 years.

“During this time our grants have made a real difference to people’s lives and the environment.

“We are pleased to be helping the Trust make this project happen and I look forward to seeing work start.”