Turf cut at education centre in Cley in memory of nature lover Simon Aspinall

Norfolk Wildlife Trust & Cley Visitors Centre turf cutting for their new Simon Aspinall wildlife edu

Norfolk Wildlife Trust & Cley Visitors Centre turf cutting for their new Simon Aspinall wildlife education centre. Left to right, NWT chairman Martin Shaw, Simon's mother Sylvia and father Jack, Philip Venning from Heritage Lottery Fund, NWT chief executive Brendan Joyce and Simon's brother Richard.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The turf was cut at a centre to mark the legacy of naturalist, bird watcher and conservationist Simon Aspinall.

An impression of the proposed Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre at Cley. Picture: LSI ARCHITE

An impression of the proposed Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre at Cley. Picture: LSI ARCHITECTS - Credit: Archant

The £2.6m education centre at Cley Marshes is being built by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to engage with visitors to teach them about the reserve.

Mr Aspinall, who died after a five-year battle with motor neurone disease in 2011 age 53, travelled the world researching and teaching about birds.

The former UEA student was well-known to birdwatchers in Cley, and so when his parents, Jack and Sylvia, approached the trust, it decided to name the centre in his memory.

The Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre is part of the trust's vision for the marshes, which includes the purchase and restoration of further land.


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Chief executive for the trust Brendan Joyce said raising the money had been an historic achievement. He said: 'I am truly moved at what we are now able to deliver for the conservation, enjoyment and understanding of Norfolk's wildlife.' Work will begin on the centre, to the rear of the existing visitors' centre on Coast Road, in June.

Do you have a wildlife story for the EDP? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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