Managing Director Peter Simpson planting the final plant at the opening of the revamped Grafham Water visitor centre with co-workers from LEAP

Grafham Water’s revamped visitor centre will be officially opened tomorrow (25th April) with a family fun day planned for the Saturday in celebration.

Visitors are invited to come along to the fun day at the Grafham Water visitor centre, Marlow Park, Grafham, from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 27th April.

Angela Tarry, Anglian Water’s Park Manager at Grafham Water, said: “With the summer season just around the corner and the weather finally picking up it’s great to have the new visitor centre ready to welcome visitors.

“We started this £130,000 investment at the beginning of the year to update the centre with lots of interesting displays and make sure Grafham Water remains a fantastic place to visit.”

To help visitors understand the importance of using water wisely and to give people lots of simple yet effective ideas a new water neutral garden, herb garden and wildlife area has been planted near the visitor centre.

The wild life friendly garden was designed by the Plant Place, and the willow fence, fedge and sculptures were created by the Green Team. Both teams are part of the LEAP Centre at Huntingdonshire Regional College. All of the work on the water neutral garden was carried out by co-workers and the supervisors of these teams.

The LEAP Centre (Learn-Explore-Aspire-Progress) supports adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, our co-workers, in the transition from education to paid employment or voluntary work.

Angela continued: “The co-workers from LEAP did an amazing job – specifically choosing plants to encourage birds and small mammals as well as making some beautiful willow creatures and bug boxes to draw in lots of insects too.

“A nearby herb garden has also been planted to showcase that a beautiful and fragrant garden really doesn’t need to be a thirsty one.”

As well as heaps of advice and tips to help make your own gardens more water friendly and information about the water park and its history, there will be a number of free events running throughout the day, as well as discounts on some others.  

These include water sports, willow weaving, a pony and trap, make your own dragonflies, children’s gardening and lots more.  

The centre was officially opened on Thursday by Anglian Water’s Managing Director Peter Simpson with the co-workers and volunteers who helped create the water neutral gardens.  

Angela continued: “There are loads of activities for people at all of our water parks, especially Grafham. The reservoir’s shores are popular with walkers, runners and cyclists as well as sailors and fishermen out on the water itself – we hope the revamped visitor centre will add to Grafham’s appeal as a great family day out.”