Visitor centre for Lady of the North

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Tourism in the county will receive a further boost after funding was secured to create a visitor centre at Northumberlandia.

The Land Trust, the national charity managing the landform sculpture, has recently secured £242,000 funding from the Banks Community Fund and Defra’s Regional Economy Grant, to construct a new visitor centre at the Northumberlandia site near Cramlington.

Alan Carter, head of portfolio management at the trust, said: “This is fantastic news for Northumberlandia and the region, and we are very grateful to the Banks Community Fund and Defra’s Regional Economy Grant.

“Their funding means that we will be able to provide an environmentally friendly visitor centre in keeping with the natural setting, which will improve the overall visitor experience and sustainably add to the amenities on site.”

The facility will be located in the woodland area and act as the gateway to the Lady of the North, providing visitors with information about the landform and local vicinity.

It will comprise of a café, shop and toilets and will be managed by Azure Charitable Enterprises.

Mark Dowdall, Banks’ environment and community director, said: “I am delighted that work is soon to start on this important next phase of the Northumberlandia project, which will add significant value to the visitor experience.”

Construction will be under way soon and it is planned to open in November 2013.