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£950k wildlife and visitors centre gets approval

The refurbishment and extension of the Dulverton Building has been given the thumbs up by planners.

The approved plans set out to improve the existing office space and create a new visitor facility for the 250-acre Robinswood Hill Country park in Gloucester.

With fabulous views of the Severn Bridge, the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains, Robinswood Hill is one of the city's most popular attractions.

The new, energy efficient building will become a base for the wardens who offer information about the wildlife and history of the park.

Purpose-built facilities will be provided for the volunteers at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. In addition, community spaces will be available for hire.

The expansion plans also also include a new cafe, community space and visitor engagement area.

According to the application, the new site will potentially create an additional seven jobs for the charity.

Roger Mortlock, CEO of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust said: "Over the past few years we've been asking local people and visitors to Robinswood Hill how they would like to see facilities improve.

"An indoor café and flexible community space all ranked highly, so it will be great to see these plans deliver improvements for the 50,000 people who visit each year."

The £950,000 project is being funded through a range of sources including £200,000 from Gloucester City Council and £150,000 from Grundon Waste Management, a long-term supporter of the trust.

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