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£410k extension well underway at Severn Valley Country Park

By Rory Smith | Bridgnorth | News | Published:

Work on a £410,000 revamp to a visitor centre at one of Shropshire's most popular tourist attractions is well underway.

Children enjoy Severn Valley Country Park

Over the next couple of weeks, the floor of the extension to Severn Valley Country Park's new visitor centre will be laid.

Bricklayers are set to start building the walls within a couple of days with the foundation work and steel framework having already been built.

Since the centre closed at the beginning of February, steel girders have been craned into place as the extension begins to take shape.

Portable toilets, which include accessible toilets and a baby change, are available during the refurbishment of the onsite toilets, until the work is completed.

The new volunteer’s room is also approaching completion and is expected to be open in time for the Easter holidays, as the rangers and volunteers prepare to hold free craft drop in events.

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Shropshire Council's Outdoor Partnerships Team applied to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and received a grant worth £295,839.

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A further £115,161 is being contributed by the park, based in Alveley, near Bridgnorth, resulting in a total of £411,000 being spent on the renovation.

The project hopes to strengthen the site's position as a top tourist destination within the Severn Valley.

A free Easter craft drop in session will be held for visitors on Wednesday, April 17, followed by a free unicorn and dinosaur mask making session a week later, with a free pond dipping session on Friday, April 26.

There will also be an orienteering activity, starting on Saturday and running until April 28 and an Easter egg hunt from April 19 to April 22.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council's cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said: " Severn Valley Country Park is well-loved by locals and visitors alike and I'm delighted that work to improve the park for local people and as a visitor destination is on schedule to be completed on time.

"It's also a testament to staff and volunteers at the park that we are still able to host so many wonderful family events over the Easter school holidays and offer a fantastic outdoor experience."

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Trainee news reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Ketley office in Telford.

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