A visitor centre that will act as a gateway to the Lady of the North has been officially opened this morning.
Northumberland County Councillor Paul Kelly cut the ribbon on the £242,000 building at Northumberlandia, in Cramlington.
The visitor centre has been built thanks to funding secured by the Land Trust from the Banks Community Fund and Defra’s Rural Economy Grant.
Coun Paul Kelly said: “The Lady of the North is one of the most talked about landscapes in the north, and she is putting this part of Northumberland on the map.
“This centre will allow visitors to stay longer, and will provide another source of income for the site which will allow for future improvements.”
Environment and community director at The Banks Group, Mark Dowdall, added: “I am delighted to see another chapter in the Northumberlandia story. “I am pleased that we are seeing the benefits of ‘restoration first’. We set out to create something culturally significant, a place for local people to come and enjoy, and it is wonderful to see so many people on the landform enjoying the views.
“This is a major asset to the area that will create further economic and social benefits for the community.”
Chief executive of the Land Trust, who operate the site, Euan Hall, said: “This is a tremendous entrance to Northumberlandia. It is really popular and is now world renowned, so we are really proud to be involved.
“Our involvement will mean the visitor centre is a long term sustainable project.
“The partnership that we have with Banks and the Blagdon Estate means it will be here as long as we are.”
The visitor centre will be open to the public at the end of March, and will provide a cafe, and a area that can be used by the community.