Date Published: 29 March 2021
Access to the visitor centre at Whisby Nature Park will be improved through a programme of work commencing on 29 March.
North Kesteven District Council has secured £25,000 of funding to improve facilities at the Natural World Centre, particularly for people with disabilities.
Following customer feedback, the space provided for disabled toilets will be improved, making access easier, and automatic doors will be installed at entrances to the visitors centre. The grant from Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund has been welcomed as a significant contribution to fulfil a long-held aspiration.
Economy and Place Director at North Kesteven District Council, Andrew McDonough, said, “We’ve been eager to make improvements to our disabled toilet facilities and access to the building for a while, so the funding we’ve been promised is important.
“Visitors have told us that better access to the toilet facilities would make it easier for them to visit, especially those with larger wheelchairs or buggies. The funding also enables us to install automatic doors making the site much more user-friendly for families and people with disabilities. We’re grateful to Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund, whose grant has enabled us to bring forward this project.”
The park will remain open throughout the works, with take-away refreshments available. It is expected that work will take four weeks to complete. Limited external toilet facilities (including an accessible toilet) will be provided during this period, which will be open 9.30am to 3.00pm daily.
Visitors are reminded that while Whisby Nature Park remains open to visitors during the easing of lockdown, people should follow Government guidance around travel and must observe social distancing while at the site. Face coverings should be worn when approaching the kiosk.
Andrew McDonough said: “Since opening the Natural World Centre to the public 20 years ago as a Millennium project, we have made continual improvements to make it more user-friendly and to provide more interest to visitors. This latest project will help even more people enjoy visits to discover nature and learn about the environment, so we’re really excited to see the plans come to fruition.”
Whisby Nature Park opened to the public in 1989, having been developed from former gravel pits. The 150 hectare wetland and woodland site is home to many bird and plant species; The Natural World Centre welcomes over 200,000 visitors a year with over 150,000 visitors using the Nature Park. The improved toilet and access facilities will be a boon to the centre which also operates as a conference, party and wedding venue.
Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund provides support to not-for-profit groups for community and environmental projects. Since the Landfill Communities Fund was established, Tarmac has donated almost £16 million to local communities and projects throughout the UK.