Work begins on the Discovery Centre

13 March 2019 | Posted in Project
Work begins on the Discovery Centre
Handover of keys at the start of works for the Discovery Centre (c) Emma Chaplin

Sussex Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that Baxall Construction has started work on the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre.

On Monday 11th March, Cliff Dean, Chair of the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, handed over the key of Lime Kiln Cottage to Alan Leigh, Contracts Manager for Baxall Construction. The Discovery Centre will be built on the footprint of Lime Kiln Cottage.

Also present were many who have been pivotal in making this project a reality, including Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve Manager Dr Barry Yates, Alan Martin from the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Appeal Director Kim Deshayes. Other Friends present included Catherine Emmitt, Mike Russell and SC Morgan. The Information Centre volunteer team were represented by Sue and Terry Howard. Also pictured, Discovery Centre Project Manager Steve Gilbert and Baxall staff, including Senior Site Manager Matt Fothergill, Design Manager Jenine Sa Andrade and Trainee Site Manager Brennan Drummond.

Cliff Dean and Alan Leigh (c) Emma Chaplin

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 in, and conservation of, the special natural environment and wider heritage of the nature reserve and will be a fantastic resource for thousands of visitors.

Reserve Manager Dr Barry Yates said "The Discovery Centre will make the reserve a more welcoming place, all year round, for visitors, volunteers and staff. We are pleased to welcome Baxall on site, and would like to thank everyone who is supporting the project."

Baxall team

Chair of the Fundraising Appeal Board Alastair Fairley unfortunately wasn't able to attend the key handover, but was at the reserve to meet the Baxall team later the same morning.

Barry and Alastair Fairley

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.

Friends volunteers RHDC (c) Emma Chaplin

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