Hengistbury Head visitors' centre opens to public

Bournemouth Echo: Council conservation manager Stuart Clarke shows the mayor and mayoress an exhibit Council conservation manager Stuart Clarke shows the mayor and mayoress an exhibit

THE new visitors' centre at Hengistbury Head welcomed the public through its doors for the first time today.

Based in the thatched barn near the Iron Age double dykes at the main entrance to the headland, the £1 million centre was opened by Bournemouth mayor Rod Cooper, and visitors were invited to take a look around.

Boasting an array of exhibitions and interactive exhibits, as well as cameras set up to track the peninsula's many bird species, the centre proved a hit among its first visitors.

Leia Gale, 35, was visiting from Castlepoint with her six-year-old son Harrison. She said: “It is very nice to have it here. I have been coming here since I was in school, and it is great to discover more about the history of the area.”

With her was Nicky Ealing, 37, from Southbourne, and youngsters Tom, eight, and Joseph, five. Nicky said: “The kids loved all the interactive exhibits, it is good for them to learn a bit more about what happened here.”

Chiefly funded with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £460,000, and with £300,000 from local firm Canford Environmental, the centre contains information and artefacts covering the history of the area from prehistory, through the Iron Age and up to the present day.

It will be partially powered by solar and photo-voltaic panels installed by the Warmer Home Group.

Partnerships have been established with Brockenhurst College, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Russell Cotes Museum and the University of Oxford.

Although the centre will be open to the public over Christmas it will close again briefly early next year for the final work to be carried out, including laying a garden and fitting out the gift shop.

Bournemouth Council parks director Gary Josey said: “Although the centre is not quite finished yet we wanted to open in time for Christmas, and we would appreciate any feedback for when we resume work next year.

“Thanks to the fantastic work of Mark Holloway and Stuart Clarke from the parks team the centre is now here and will help us to preserve this important environment by showing people how special it is.

“We couldn't run it without all our volunteers though, and it is great to be able to involve the local community more.”

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11:19am Sun 15 Dec 13

elite50 says...

Hengistbury Head?
The last time that I went for a walk there I got jumped on by about 6 unrestrained dogs.
When I showed one woman the mud that had been wiped on me by her mutt she said "Why do you come here if you don't want dogs jumping at you"?
She got really upset when I asked her for the cost of dry cleaning my clothes.
She quickly restrained her dogs when I told her that I would drop kick any one of her dogs that came near me again.
There are two types of people in this world, dog people and normal human beings.
Hengistbury Head? The last time that I went for a walk there I got jumped on by about 6 unrestrained dogs. When I showed one woman the mud that had been wiped on me by her mutt she said "Why do you come here if you don't want dogs jumping at you"? She got really upset when I asked her for the cost of dry cleaning my clothes. She quickly restrained her dogs when I told her that I would drop kick any one of her dogs that came near me again. There are two types of people in this world, dog people and normal human beings. elite50

6:35pm Sun 15 Dec 13

dyrck says...

I have to say I am really impressed by what I saw yesterday, the centre is looking great.
I have to say I am really impressed by what I saw yesterday, the centre is looking great. dyrck

8:02pm Sun 15 Dec 13

glendower2909 says...

elite50 wrote:
Hengistbury Head?
The last time that I went for a walk there I got jumped on by about 6 unrestrained dogs.
When I showed one woman the mud that had been wiped on me by her mutt she said "Why do you come here if you don't want dogs jumping at you"?
She got really upset when I asked her for the cost of dry cleaning my clothes.
She quickly restrained her dogs when I told her that I would drop kick any one of her dogs that came near me again.
There are two types of people in this world, dog people and normal human beings.
dog people, normal people and grumpy old gits.

Get a life and I bet a months wages that it was not a dry clean item..that statement just makes it sound better when your moaning...

and yes I have a few dogs but they are well trained...
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Hengistbury Head? The last time that I went for a walk there I got jumped on by about 6 unrestrained dogs. When I showed one woman the mud that had been wiped on me by her mutt she said "Why do you come here if you don't want dogs jumping at you"? She got really upset when I asked her for the cost of dry cleaning my clothes. She quickly restrained her dogs when I told her that I would drop kick any one of her dogs that came near me again. There are two types of people in this world, dog people and normal human beings.[/p][/quote]dog people, normal people and grumpy old gits. Get a life and I bet a months wages that it was not a dry clean item..that statement just makes it sound better when your moaning... and yes I have a few dogs but they are well trained... glendower2909

10:47pm Sun 15 Dec 13

elite50 says...

glendower2909 wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Hengistbury Head?
The last time that I went for a walk there I got jumped on by about 6 unrestrained dogs.
When I showed one woman the mud that had been wiped on me by her mutt she said "Why do you come here if you don't want dogs jumping at you"?
She got really upset when I asked her for the cost of dry cleaning my clothes.
She quickly restrained her dogs when I told her that I would drop kick any one of her dogs that came near me again.
There are two types of people in this world, dog people and normal human beings.
dog people, normal people and grumpy old gits.

Get a life and I bet a months wages that it was not a dry clean item..that statement just makes it sound better when your moaning...

and yes I have a few dogs but they are well trained...
A months wages?
How much do you get on the dole?
Oh, and not all people tell lies (unless they are bragging about the behaviour of their dogs of course).
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Hengistbury Head? The last time that I went for a walk there I got jumped on by about 6 unrestrained dogs. When I showed one woman the mud that had been wiped on me by her mutt she said "Why do you come here if you don't want dogs jumping at you"? She got really upset when I asked her for the cost of dry cleaning my clothes. She quickly restrained her dogs when I told her that I would drop kick any one of her dogs that came near me again. There are two types of people in this world, dog people and normal human beings.[/p][/quote]dog people, normal people and grumpy old gits. Get a life and I bet a months wages that it was not a dry clean item..that statement just makes it sound better when your moaning... and yes I have a few dogs but they are well trained...[/p][/quote]A months wages? How much do you get on the dole? Oh, and not all people tell lies (unless they are bragging about the behaviour of their dogs of course). elite50

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