For over 50 years Low Barns has provided a place where people can connect with nature. Today, perhaps more than ever, we recognise how important that connection is. The natural world is good for the body and good for the soul, but the opportunity to experience and enjoy wildlife is something that we all find harder to fit into our busy modern lives. Children and young people in particular are losing their connection with nature, with wildlife not only lost from the school curriculum but from everyday language – kingfishers are no longer thought to deserve a place in the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Durham Wildlife Trust wants to make sure that Low Barns not only continues to provide a place to connect with nature, but provides greater opportunities for children and adults to be inspired by the natural world. To do that we need your support to make sure Low Barns Visitor Centre is ready for the next 50 years. By improving the facilities on offer the Trust can attract a new audience.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Thanks to funding from North Pennine Dales LEADER and the Weardale Area Action Partnership (AAP) the Low Barns Visitor Centre will be undergoing a major refurbishment this spring. Zoe Hull, The Trust’s Head of Operations and Development said, ‘’Low Barns is a magical place, but the Centre was beginning to look a little tired so this investment from LEADER and the AAP is great news for the Trust and visitors to Low Barns .’’ The car park will be redesigned so that vehicles will no longer drive around the building, but the number of parking spaces will remain the same. This will make the site safer for pedestrians and allow the creation of a larger outdoor seating area with views across Marston Lake. Larger glass doors will be fitted to open up the indoor space and connect it to the new outdoor seating area. The shop and serving area will be refitted and improved. The existing offices will be converted into a new meeting and exhibition space.
Steps to get it done:
Supporter Levels Donate £10+ Donor Updates Receive Low Barns email updates throughout the project, and beyond. Donate £25+ Supporter Page Your name will be added to our online supporters page (+ receive Low Barns updates throughout the project, and beyond) Donate £50+ Invite for 2 Receive an invite for you and a guest to our Low Barns Launch Event (+ everything listed above) Donate £100+ Exclusive Badge You’ll get one of our Limited edition Low Barns pin badges (+ everything listed above) Donate £250+ Named in Print Your name or your nominated name (business or loved one) will be included in the interpretation at Low Barns (+ everything listed above) Donate £1000+ Sponsored Bench Sponsor a bench to be installed at Low Barns with your name or nominated name on a brass plaque (+ everything listed above)
About the space
Low Barns Nature Reserve