Swaffham centre links up with top environmental attractions

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A Swaffham attraction can collaborate with world famous sites including the Eden Project and Kew Gardens after joining a leading group of environmental sites.

The Green Britain Centre has become a member of the Eco Attractions Group in a move intended to help them share knowledge and resources.

The announcement follows the opening of the site’s new eco-classroom, which was funded through a £10,000 Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant.

Paul Woodmin, the head of the centre, said: “The Green Britain Centre has become a real success story for Norfolk – and we’re always looking to improve what we offer.

“Our grounds already contain an organic vegetable garden, a heritage orchard, a bee friendly native meadow, a play area, and a windmill and solar tracker – so the addition of the eco-classroom makes this an even better resource for schools, families and groups.

“The space will help us to bring the natural world to life for thousands of people all year round.

“It will help us to inspire the next generation to respect and enjoy nature, to understand the benefits of renewable energy, and to get their hands dirty in our organic garden.”

The centre has also been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, in recognition of its learning and safety standards.

The site has also become one of around 200 Blue Peter attractions, which offers free admission to badge holders of the long-running BBC children’s programme.

Badge holders are also able to enjoy a tour of the centre’s wind turbine as part of their admission.