The Trust has had to rethink previous ambitious plans to rebuild the centre amidst the coronavirus pandemic, rising costs and consideration of increased environmental impact. Plans include an enlarged cafe with a lakeside view, increased parking from 48 to 85 spaces, and improving access for all, with the hope to inspire a love for nature in future generations.
The Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, a former gravel pit turned designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI), attracts over 80,000 visitors a year due to its large biodiversity in wetland species.
It is home to over 2,000 species including bats, dragonflies, fungi and an array of spectacular birds. However, there is still key wildlife missing. Helping animals and plants return to the site could provide important natural solutions such as storing carbon and encouraging a healthier ecosystem.
The new plans also include upgrades to the information area and visitor toilets, an improved play area and parking space for up to four coaches. This will enable a better experience for educational school visits.