Port Sunlight River Park secures grant for Heritage Visitor Centre

A new Heritage Visitor Centre is being lined up for Port Sunlight River Park thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.

The Land Trust, which owns the Wirral site, has secured a £450,000 boost for the facility.

The green space management charity, which created the river park on a former landfill site in 2013-14, will also use the funding to provide activities for the local community.

Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust, says: “This fantastic new centre will provide educational activities for people of all ages. The grant will help pay for exhibitions and displays, and it will create a new job for an education officer to be based there.

“There will be a variety of opportunities for people to explore Bromborough’s cultural and natural heritage through archaeological excavation, community history projects, heritage based trails and more.

“The creation of Port Sunlight River Park has already drastically improved the local environment and provided health and lifestyle benefits for tens of thousands of visitors, as well as increasing local business revenues by £86,000 a year. With this new Heritage Visitor Centre and all its surrounding activities, we’ll be able to bring even greater benefits to the local community and the local economy.”

The social enterprise Big Heritage and North West charity Autism Together are set to manage the Heritage Visitor Centre on behalf of the Land Trust,

Dean Paton, managing director of Big Heritage, adds: “Big Heritage has been working in Bromborough since 2013, allowing the local community to discover the history of their own doorstep through archaeological excavation.

“We are so proud that this work has become a catalyst for this incredible project which will leave a lasting legacy in the form of even more knowledge about Bromborough Courthouse and the first Heritage Café in Wirral, a fantastic mix of museum, café and activity centre. It’s an exciting time for the area.”

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