begins on new Wildlife Learning Centre near Burnham
has begun this month on constructing a major new Learning Centre
at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill.
work to transform an old barn building into the modern new facilities
has got underway.
project is being partially funded by over £500,000 of lottery
funding after the charity successfully
secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant in 2012 to develop a
new learning programme to help reconnect young people with nature.
The project is due to be completed by June 2015.
goal is to inspire schools and community groups to learn more
about British wildlife, and help them to understand what they
can do to protect it for future generations," a spokeswoman
the historic foundations of the farm on which Secret World is
sited, we realised that we also had an amazing opportunity to
showcase the farming heritage of the Somerset Levels."
Grade II Listed barn nicknamed the goat house
provided the perfect site for the new multi-purpose Learning
new development will preserve and protect the important historic
features of the building, including areas of 19th-century brick
flooring that have survived the years intact."
will be sensitively combined with new learning facilities enabling
us to accommodate schools on-site, host conferences and run volunteer
training sessions, as well as providing much-needed space for
our increasingly popular Open Weekend activities."
Learning Centre will enable us to welcome school and community
groups from across the southwest on-site, to discover wildlife
and our work to save it. We hope to engage 30 per cent
of all the schools within a one-hour radius of the centre within