Over the summer, there’s been a lot of work happening on site so that the external structure for our new visitor centre can be completed. If you’ve been down to the Park, you will have noticed the roof is now on, which has been followed by the walls. The windows will be the final addition to provide us with a watertight building by the end of October and help us stay ahead of the winter weather. Work has begun inside the build, with stud walls now going up and cabling being laid ready for our new and improved WiFi for visitors to enjoy.
We appreciate that the building work has been moving at a pace and at scale,. Now that we’re about half-way through the construction work, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience.
We are also now looking towards the second phase of our building works when we begin demolition of our existing café and begin refurbishing the outdoor toilets. We are anticipating that there will be restricted access around the site whilst we carry out these works, but we know that the long term results will be well worth any short term restrictions. More details about this will be shared in future blogs and across our social media pages as well as around the site in the build up to the start of Phase 2, so please keep your eyes peeled.
Work for green fingers
Elsewhere around the Park, our conservation and land management works have begun in earnest. You’ll see the Ranger team and our amazing army of volunteers out and about on site throughout the winter. Our Friends of Lepe will begin work to develop Phase 2 of the Sensory Cottage Garden. Staff will also be leading the rotational cutting of the wildflower meadows as well as the new fencing around our children’s play area. The team are also developing plans for the entrance to Lepe Point.
As you can see, there’s lots happening on site and amongst it all, we’re enjoying seeing our visitors and planning for a busy week of activities for half-term – check out what’s on.
Votes needed for “Bags of Help”
Finally – you may have seen that our project to restore Lepe’s Pond is taking votes as part of the Tesco “Bags of Help” scheme at local stores in Blackfield, Hythe, Dibden Purlieu and Hythe Langdown. If you’re local, we’d really appreciate your vote - just collect a token at one of these Tesco stores and drop it into the box after paying for your purchases (you can do this as many times as you shop). All the money we receive will go a long way to restoring our Pond which provides support to a variety of habitats, as well as offering visitors a chance to explore nature hands on! Votes are open until 31 October.
As ever, if you have any queries about the many improvements taking place around the Park, you can pop into the Park office on your visit to Lepe and we hope you’ll continue to share your enjoyment of the Park with us either on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.