A new management deal has been struck by charities to run facilities at Northumberlandia.
The Land Trust has agreed to a joint venture with Northumberland Wildlife Trust to manage the site and its café and visitor centre from Easter.
We are planning a whole host of exciting activities and events for the coming year to get local people and schools out and about and enjoying a great community asset.Mike Pratt Northumberland Wildlife Trust Chief Executive
Northumberlandia is the world’s largest human landform sculpture, set in a 46-acre community park near Blagdon, with free public access and four miles of footpaths.
The café closes today and will re-open in time for the Easter holidays on Saturday, March 28.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust was already managing agent for the grounds, but it is now taking over running the visitor centre and café, with a much wider remit to promote the links between wildlife, art and the community.
Chief Executive Mike Pratt said: “We are pleased to get more involved with such an important local landmark, from the top of which you can see views from the Cheviots to the coast, with wildlife literally hovering over your head.
“Now we have the chance to get people to experience the nature, as well as the art, from the kestrels to the butterflies and adjacent woodlands.
“We are planning a whole host of exciting activities and events for the coming year to get local people and schools out and about and enjoying a great community asset.”
As well as the events’ programme, research will be undertaken to understand what visitors would like to see at the attraction.
The site needs to generate enough income to keep the grounds and structure safely maintained and run the visitor centre, which will be done by raising funds from refreshments, merchandise, car parking and donations.
Volunteers will be essential to help with running the centre. Anyone interested should log on to www.nwt.org.uk/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org