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The Discovery Centre at Coombe Abbey Park has been updated and improved ahead of the school summer holidays. The work was funded through a partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
The Discovery Centre is an interactive exhibition within the Visitors Centre. The exhibition has been updated to incorporate more information about the living landscape of the area. As part of this work, all new interactive displays have been created and installed.
This work was undertaken in partnership with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, as part of their Dunsmore Living Landscape scheme. The Dunsmore Living Landscape scheme is a Trust-led project which is working to restore important wildlife habitats in the areas lying between east Coventry, Rugby and north Leamington and to reconnect the public with these special places. The scheme is made possible thanks to funding by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
This partnership allowed the Council to spend significantly less on the work, with the Council providing £12,000 of the £60,000 budget. This in turn allowed the Council to work on further improvements to the centre such as installing new lighting.
Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Parks, said: “We’re excited to partner with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to be able to deliver this new and improved Discovery Centre. Updating the Discovery Centre will improve the Coombe visitor experience by providing an opportunity for them to learn more about Coombe’s fascinating landscape.
“Coombe is one of the most beautiful and important parts of Coventry and Warwickshire’s landscape, and we hope that by improving the already fantastic services it has on offer, we can attract visitors from across the region.
“I hope that during the summer holidays families take the time to visit this exhibition and discover more about Coombe’s rich history and landscape”
Lucy Hawker, Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme Manager, said “We were very excited to have been able to secure funding for such an exciting redevelopment at our northern gateway site and hope visitors enjoy the new interactive Discovery Centre. Thanks to all the National Lottery players who make things like this possible”
To find out more about what’s on offer at Coombe Abbey Park visit the website here or find them on Facebook @coombeabbeypark
For more information about the Dunsmore Living Landscape Project, visit their website www.exploredunsmore.org