WORK has begun on building a £200,000 eco-friendly visitor centre at a beauty spot.
Dignitaries gathered to see the cutting of the first sod at, near Clanfield.
The site is an archaeological research site, with a collection of reconstructed Iron Age and Roman buildings.
This week also saw the demolition of the oldest building on site – the octagon which once housed the farm’s ticket office and shop.
Petersfield County Councillor John West attended the sod cutting ceremony.
He said: ‘I am delighted to support the new visitor centre project that will bring Butser Ancient Farm into the 21st Century.
‘Butser Ancient Farm is a world class research centre into the Iron Age and is something we often don’t promote enough in this area.’
Simon Jay, director at Butser, said ‘This is a very exciting year for the farm, this visitors’ centre will dramatically improve the customers’ experience here.’
The building is due to be finished by the autumn.