A £500,000 environmental education and visitor centre is being built by The Parks Trust in the beautiful ancient woodland setting of Howe Park Wood.
The opening will be celebrated with a week of events and activities in October and the centre will then be used for school sessions, local groups, open sessions, events and activities.
And to help pay for the half a million pound project, £150,000 has been awarded by national grant-making charity GrantScape.
Briony Fox, head of community engagement at The Parks Trust, said: “We are very grateful to GrantScape for helping us to create a fantastic centre that will expand our environmental education work and be a great facility for the community.”
The centre will contain classrooms, meeting rooms, an outside decked area and new pond dipping platforms.
Bird and bat boxes will be installed in the adjacent woodland and there will be new interpretation panels to help people learn about the nearby wildlife.
A feature wall at the front will include a number of square boxes to be filled with items to form insect homes, or planting.
The building will also incorporate low carbon technologies including Photo Voltaic panels and an air source heat pump. Local artist Annette Reed has created four stained glass windows depicting the changing seasons in Howe Park Wood.
Andrew Budd, grant manager at GrantScape, said: “The Parks Trust’s project really stood out for us, with its imaginative focus on delivering community benefits and on caring for our natural environment.
“We are therefore delighted to be supporting this exciting project through our special grant award.”
The centre has been designed by local architects Eco Design Consultants, building works are being carried out by City Renovations and Jackson Coles are project managing.