New Thorney Island farming education centre unveiled

LEADER Louise Goldsmith
LEADER Louise Goldsmith
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AN INNOVATIVE project has transformed a run-down stable block into a farm-based education centre.

The new centre on Thorney Island, called The Stables, was unveiled by Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council and chairman of Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

The centre is based on an organic beef farm and will be used to highlight the important role farming plays in managing the landscape of Chichester Harbour.

Local schoolchildren will be enjoying trips to the centre to learn about modern farming methods.

Alison Fowler, manager of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Chichester Harbour Conservancy, who has led the project, said: ‘The aim of the project was to convert the old stables into a resource that will benefit the landscape and environment as well as provide a valuable asset for farmers, schools and the wider community.

‘The new buildings look stunning and we look forward to welcoming many people here over the coming years’.

Work on the stable block at Eames Farm started in October last year.

The conversion of the traditional brick and flint building was planned to have a minimal impact on the landscape of the harbour and to retain many of its original features.