Support A Unique Local Centre To Help Secure Its Future
Braunton Countryside Centre, in the heart of the village is launching a fundraising campaign with the hope of raising £160,000. It aims to renovate its building and extend opportunities for local people, groups and schools to use the Centre.
It is currently the only environmental education centre in North Devon and attracts around 9000 visitors a year of which about a third are local people. It is an important centre providing information, walks, talks, events and exhibitions about the wildlife, habitats, and the history of Braunton and the wider area of the internationally important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The Centre which opened in 1986, has managed to remain open thanks to donations and the hard work of local volunteers without the support of any state aid. However, the building is tired and dated and in need of a facelift.
The proposed redevelopment will enclose the porch areas allowing exhibits to be seen from the outside. Also the improved energy efficiency measures and heating will allow winter opening and will offer opportunities for more school visits and evening talks, securing the Centres future.
The Centre is currently applying for local and national funding grants, but is also keen for local people and businesses to help support its fundraising efforts. If you would like to help please donate:
TEXT: ‘BCCD01 £10’ (or an amount you would like to donate) to 70070.’
To make a donation directly please contact the Treasurer by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Like us on Facebook to find out more or to get in touch with us about volunteering opportunities. You can also contact the Centre directly on Tel: 01271 817171
The Centre is free to visit, open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm from April to October