Lady of the North is now summer-ready

Northumberlandia’s Visitor Centre on Blagdon Lane in Cramlington is now summer- ready, thanks to a group of hard working volunteers and a donation from Karpet Mills, the region’s family run carpet and flooring business.
Northumberlandia Visitor Centre

Toasting the reopened Visitor Centre: Left to right - Northumberland Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers: Sheila Sharp, Jane Greener, Ian Coultas, Alex Lister and Verna Sharp with Bob Irvine, Karpet Mills Estimator.

For the past three weeks, the visitor centre has been closed to members of the public whilst a team of volunteers from Northumberland Wildlife Trust worked round the clock to re-decorate the inside of the Centre, revamp the outdoor seating area and toilets and upgrade the kitchen to enable staff to serve the increasing visitor numbers.

The centre now also sports brand new, high quality flooring that was donated and installed by Trust corporate members Karpet Mills.

To coincide with the reopening of the visitor centre, a new summer coffee and cake menu has been launched together with a range of reusable cups and the offer of 40p off any hot drink for any member of the public using their own, or the Trust’s reusable cups.

Speaking about the newly opened centre, Sheila Sharp, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Head of Marketing and Fundraising says: “Since Northumberlandia opened almost seven years ago, hundreds of thousands of people have walked through the gates and sat in the visitor centre, so it was time for a re-vamp.

“I am delighted with the tireless efforts of our volunteers who worked non-stop to ensure the Centre was only closed for three weeks to minimise inconvenience, and to Karpet Mills for the donation of the new flooring and its fitters for the speedy installation - such support is amazing.”

Joel Dickinson, Karpet Mills Director says: “As a long-time supporter of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, we were delighted to get involved with the renovation work taking place at the Northumberlandia Visitor Centre. We hope that that the refurbishment project, including the new flooring, will ensure that the visitor centre remains as popular and successful as ever, into this summer and beyond.”