At Cley Marshes, Norfolk Wildlife Services are working with Norfolk Wildlife Trust on the new Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre. Simon Aspinall was a naturalist who made important contributions to ornithology and conservation, and the new centre will reflect his love of nature, wildlife and education.
After extensive consultation and review of a number of landscape designs, the team has gained planning approval from North Norfolk District Council for a planting scheme around the centre, which will encourage butterflies and wildlife to the site and enrich the visitors’ experience.
Maritime turf and shingle planting will create formal “garden” areas, while new trees and shrub planting, using species and structure to match existing landscape elements, will ensure that the new building will blend into the surrounds and appear coherent with the existing centre.
NWT Project Manager, Ian Leatherbarrow commented, “Norfolk Wildlife Services prompt response to developing an attractive, cost effective landscape design means that we can start work on the project knowing that the outdoor element of the work will be successfully delivered.”
As one of our key clients, NWS works closely with Norfolk Wildlife Trust on many of their reserves. Other successful outcomes for the Trust included the transformation of land at Upton Broad and marshes from arable to grazing marsh; and assisting with the development of Hilgay and Methwold as a wetland Living Landscape.