Video and photo gallery: Blakeney Point lifeboat house restoration project’s race against time
PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 March 2013
Archant Norfolk 2013
A restoration project to upgrade the Blakeney Point’s iconic blue lifeboat house is facing a race against time.
The scheme to improve the tin building, built in 1898, is being funded by the National Trust which bought Blakeney Point in 1912 to protect wildlife and plants on the Norfolk beauty spot.
A team of 10 workmen from Norwich firm Draper and Nichols has battled ahainst the weather and harsh winter elements since the project started in October last year.
But the clock is ticking to get the building ready for three rangers and volunteers, who live in the lifeboat house for six months of the year in order to monitor wildlife.
The work needs to be complete by March 25 because of the imminent nesting season on Blakeney Point.
Victoria Francis, National Trust countryside manager for the north Norfolk coast, said: “It is tricky to do the work out here because we have got the constraints of the weather and the limits of being able to use the track along the point. It is harsh environment to work in.”
Blakeney Point attracts 100,000 visitors each year.
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