Thames Gateway and the Olympics

Case study: Shorne Woods visitor centre

Shorne Woods Visitor CentreThe stunning new landmark Shorne Woods visitor centre was opened by Baroness Andrews in 2006. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Shorne Woods Country Park covers 288 acres and includes areas of ancient woodland, heathland, meadows and wetlands.

The visitor centre was designed as an example of best practice for sustainable architecture. The boat-shaped building has been constructed from locally felled sweet chestnut and oak. Other eco-friendly features intrinsic to the design include the
use of wind and solar power, recycled rainwater and bio-mass heating. The project received £924,000 from Communities and Local Government Thames Gateway Programme Fund.

Shorne Woods forms part of the green heart on the Gravesham-Medway border, and is roughly in the centre of the Kent part of the Thames Gateway, where the Department is investing in almost 800 hectares of greenspace. This green conurbation includes Shorne Woods Country Park, Cobham Park and Ashenbank Woods, the new Jeskyns Community Woodland, RSPB's Shornemead Fort and Ranscombe Farm. 

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