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BBC Broadcaster Nicholas Crane to open Walton's new £1.2million The Naze Centre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 August 2016

The Naze Centre, run by the Essex Wildlife Trust

The Naze Centre, run by the Essex Wildlife Trust

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A £1.2million project to 'champion' facilities at Walton's historic Naze is to culminate with the opening of its new visitor centre next weekend.

The Naze Centre, which will be officially opened by BBC broadcaster Nicholas Crane on Saturday, September 10, will include toilets and a tea room and will host a number of information boards on wildlife and geology at the Naze.

It will also include education space to allow the Essex Wildlife Trust, which manages the Naze, to hold educational workshops for school and college groups.

The total project cost £1.2m, with £1.15m provided through the Coastal Communities Fund.

An opening ceremony will be held next Saturday at 2pm, followed by a series of guided walks around the Naze, as well as a ‘shoresearch’ activity in which guests will be challenged to hunt for fossils and wildlife on the beach.

Andrew Impey, chief executive of Essex Wildlife Trust, said: “We are very excited to be welcoming Nicholas Crane to open The Naze Centre, which is a centre of excellence for education and conservation, helping to champion this fabulous site.

“We would like to thank all contributors to the project, especially our major funder the Coastal Communities Fund, and our project partners Tendring District Council.”

Neil Stock, leader of Tendring District Council, said: “The centre is a fantastic addition to the visitor offer at the Naze and I am sure it will attract many visitors from both within and outside the area.

“We are delighted to have been partners with Essex Wildlife Trust in this important and exciting project which will benefit so many people and help them to understand the historic Naze site.”

The centre was designed by Laurie Wood Associates and constructed by Cadman Construction Ltd.

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