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Plans for a new eco-building on the Forestry Commission estate at Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire have been give the go ahead by South Northamptonshire Council.
The building made entirely from local timber will offer a better service for forest visitors as well as boosting the opportunities for the local community to experience the natural world. It will have a new home for the forest cafe, larger indoor and outdoor seating areas for up to 160 people, a retail shop and an all-weather community space to continue the popular range of environmental, educational and community outreach programmes.
The 495 hectare Salcey Forest, near Newport Pagnell, is well known as a great family day out in Northamptonshire, not least due to its award-winning Tree Top Walkway that puts visitors 20 meters above the canopy to enjoy fantastic views across the region.
Kevin Stannard, Forest Management Director for Salcey Forest said:
"We are delighted to get the go ahead for this exciting new development that will offer an even better experience to the 200 thousand visitors who come to Salcey every year.
"It is important to us to keep Salcey Forest as one of the most popular places to visit in the area that also offers a great service to the local community. We are very proud that we have been able to design a great new building with excellent green credentials.
"We have taken the critical first step in making our plans a reality. However, there is still a great deal to do before people will see changes on the ground, hopefully sometime in 2010."
NOTES TO EDITOR
- For further information please contact Miss Sarah Walker, Forestry Commission Visitor & Community Services Manager, on 01780 444920.
- Salcey Forest – Home of the famous Tree Top Walkway which allows visitors to climb to 20 meters above the canopy and enjoy fantastic views across the region. Other facilities to make a great day out include Forest Café, children’s play area, surface trails, horse & cycle routes, toilets, picnic areas and orienteering course
- Salcey Forest is on the Quinton to Hanslope road, about 6 miles south west of Northampton, very close to Hartwell village. For more details visit www.forestry.gov.uk/salceyforest
- The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests, and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands. Further information about the Commission can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk.