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Staffordshire Wildlife Trust centre reopens after £1m revamp

By Jordan Reynolds | Rugeley | Attractions | Published:

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's headquarters has now reopened to the public after a £1 million redevelopment.

The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Rugeley

The Wolseley Centre, near Rugeley, underwent an interiors transformation, the car park and toilets were refurbished, a new boardwalk was built, along with a new education pod and the shop and reception area were opened up to provide more space.

The new reception area

Within the building there is now a new cafe with panoramic views across the lake, and across the site more habitats will be created to encourage native wildlife to flourish.

The trust initially aimed to open the redeveloped centre at Easter, but after delays it opened yesterday.

Regular visitors Christine and George Mason from Aldridge enjoy a cuppa in the new cafe area

Jon Owen, from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: "We are very excited to be welcoming people back to our new visitor centre and Kingfisher Cafe.

"The project has been three years of planning, fundraising and construction, so to be finally opening is a great feeling.

The gift shop

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"We'd like to thank all those who have made this possible, funders, members, supporters, volunteers, and those who have been very patient with us while the work has been taken place.

"We are thrilled with how the centre looks, and really hope people who visit like it too. Our Kingfisher Cafe will be a great addition to our centre and looks fantastic."

The centre has welcomed more than one million visitors since opening in 2003.

The new bridge which connects the centre to the lake area

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Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has been working to protect the wildlife and wild places where you live for over 50 years.

Cafe assistant Hannah Williamson
A pleasant walk around the grounds
The picturesque view of the lake
Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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