Committee Tour of the New Hardy Birthplace Visitor Centre

Side view of construction of visitor centre

Side view of construction of visitor centre

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.
Main front view of Hardy visitor centre at Hardy's Cottage

Main front view of Hardy visitor centre at Hardy’s Cottage

Geoff Wrench

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