Our newly refurbished visitor centre is off to a flying start with overwhelming support from the Trust's Bridgend Group.
Over 70 members at the group's monthly meeting , held at the centre's Discovery Room, agreed to hold all future indoor meetings there, ending a long association with the Ogmore Labour Club.
The change of venue heralds a new sense of life for the Tondu based centre, to be launched at an official opening ceremony on May 25th, with Welsh Government's First Minister, Carwyn Jones, in attendance.
After two years of planning and restoration work, the centre will open its doors to the public, offering high impact facilities and decor to promote wildlife conservation. And local organisations will use the Discovery Room for future meetings. Set in the beautiful Parc Slip Nature Reserve this is a wonderful place for both recreation and work.
Trust Conservation Manager, Rob Parry says "Completion of the centre is an exciting milestone in the history of the Wildlife Trust.
"It will serve as a hub of information on nature conservation for voluntary groups and local schools. It will also act as a base for outreach work , with the emphasis on "hands on" experience for volunteers."
Trust Executive Officer (and long term Bridgend Group member) Diana Clark comments:
"The centre will be a focal point for the Trust's long-term aims to promote nature conservation. We now offer first class facilities for visitors with a coffee shop and staff available to help.
"A number of local groups are already planning to use the centre for future meetings. And the Trust will run a regular programme of wildlife events."
A vote of thanks has been extended by the Trust to quantity surveyor, Bridgend local group member and trustee Doug Fraser whose professional skill helped to steer the project both through planning and building stages. Thanks also to Nicola Cornock, Membership Officer, who will man the coffee shop.
Richard Marks, Local Group Member