On 11 June 2014 members of the Association’s Committee went to Thorncombe Woods to view the progress of the new centre. Association members have donated a total of £10,000 towards this new joint development by National Trust and Dorset County Council.
The building is mainly clad in wood with a timber shingle-covered roof and fits neatly into the existing woodlands and therefore has very small visual impact on the area. There will be an interpretation display area and a learning space together with a shop and facilities for food & drink. There will also be a much-needed toilet facility, improvements to the existing car park, new signage and up-grades to the access through the woods. It is hoped that this will be open late-September.