Seeing the wood from the trees

Imagine this – you’re visiting Lepe, strolling along the beach to the new visitor centre. Gleams of sunlight shine upon its timber-clad structure, rising from the ground on columns, with majestic pine-fringed cliffs behind it

Nov 13 2017

Lepe site

The vision is becoming more of a reality as scaffolding is taken down around the new visitor centre, revealing newly installed windows, doors and wood-clad walls as part of our £2.7 million plans to improve the park.

Lepe - scaffold comes down

 

The work to create our new visitor centre is on schedule and continues at a pace with some external works over the coming weeks. The two in particular to make you aware of include gas and electrical works on Lepe Road, and the resurfacing of the gravel track with a more robust concrete path on the slope between the clifftop and the beach.

Lepe site 

Slope closure - The slope will be closed for two weeks from today (13 November). During this time, we ask visitors to use the alternate steps along the cliff to access the different levels. If your mobility is restricted and you find steps too difficult to negotiate, your purchased car park tickets can be used in the cliff-top and beach car parks should you find this helps moving between both.

Gas and electrical upgrade - The gas and electrical pipelines serving the new building will be installed from 20 November for a two week period. Temporary traffic lights will be in place on Lepe Road during these works. The outdoor seating area next to the café will also be scaled back as the ground works are completed.

Looking ahead to 2018, we’ll also  planning the demolition of the existing buildings, upgrading the outdoor toilets, building a new boardwalk and landscaping the site around the new visitor centre.

Conservation and the Sensory Cottage Garden

Whilst November can be one of our quieter months for visitors to the Park, we’re busy nonetheless with our conservation and land management works around the site.

Our Sensory Cottage Garden has been very popular with visitors since its launch in the summer. We’ll be improving the area over the coming weeks with new plants and sensory equipment. We’re also talking with the Friends of Lepe about further improvement to the garden by next summer. Our rangers are also carrying out routine tasks including mowing and strimming, as well as regularly monitoring the impact of coastal erosion.

Lepe Cottage Garden

Get in touch

We’re doing our best to minimise the impact of improvement works, but please bear in mind these changes when planning your visit. We’d like to repeat our thanks for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you soon for a hot chocolate or more at our café which is open as usual.

If you have any questions about the works taking place, please get in touch with the team either by email lepe.enquiries@hants.gov.uk or call 02380 899108. You can also find out more updates about what’s happening around the Park on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.