Simon King to officially open the new Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre

Friday 7th October 2016

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The renowned TV wildlife presenter, photographer and cameraman Simon King is visiting Gibraltar Point on Friday 7 October 2016 to mark the opening of the new Visitor Centre.

The spectacular new £1m building replaces the former visitor centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The new building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development, said:

"The new visitor centre is very impressive and will give people the chance to enjoy Gibraltar Point like never before.
"This is just one of a series of investments on the coast, which we're confident will help attract new visitors to the area.
"Combined with the new outdoor theatre space and North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards, this improved attraction will help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy."

The opening of the new visitor centre is also an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Ted Smith, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust founder who passed away in September 2015.

David Robinson, President, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust said:

"Ted had seen the establishment of the Gibraltar Point nature reserve in 1948 with the cooperation and support of Lindsey County council.
“With this continued support of Lincolnshire County Council we now have a new visitor centre. Ted lived long enough to see the plans. To mark the occasion we are renewing the dedication of Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve to Ted."

The new visitor centre is a wonderful gateway to one of the country’s most important nature reserves with commanding views of the nature reserve and with a number of features that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Please note:
The formal opening is a private event.
The public will be able to meet Simon King from 3pm-5pm on Friday 7 October as he signs copies of his new book Nature Watch - the ultimate guide to tracking and watching wildlife in Britain and Europe.

The work on the new visitor centre was carried out by Lincolnshire firm John Martin-Hoyes Limited, who have also refurbished the old coastguard station adjacent to the Visitor Centre.
The project was funded by Lincolnshire County Council, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Government's Coastal Communities Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.




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