Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Discovery Centre

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Discovery Centre
Groundbreaking Ceremony Rye Harbour © Graham Franks

The rain held off for us on Monday 8th April, as we held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rye Harbour Discovery Centre on the site where Lime Kiln cottage once stood.

As Sussex Wildlife Trust trustees, members of the Discovery Centre Appeal Board, Baxall Construction and Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve looked on, Tor Lawrence, CEO of Sussex Wildlife Trust, stepped forward to ‘break ground’ on the Lime Kiln Cottage site where the award-winning Baxall Construction team is building the Discovery Centre.

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The Discovery Centre is a joint project between Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. It will transform people’s engagement with the special natural environment and wider heritage of the nature reserve and will be a fantastic resource for thousands of visitors. 

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Tor said, "After such a great team effort by so many people to make this project a reality, it’s fantastic to see construction starting on the Discovery Centre. We would like to thank everyone who is supporting it. It will make the reserve a more welcoming place for everyone, all year round."

Anyone interested in learning more about the Discovery Centre can request a monthly newsletter to keep them posted about build news, sightings of some of the outstanding wildlife at the reserve, and ways to donate to the Appeal.

The Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a charity whose 2,000 members support the Nature Reserve’s work through subscriptions and volunteering. Since 1973, it has part-funded the cost of staff, land purchase, large scale habitat creation, tools, vehicles and visitor facilities such as birdwatching hides and information centres. It provides events for its members throughout the year.

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