Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre at Romney Marsh
An award-winning, eco-friendly vistor centre and nature reserve which is largely dune grassland with willow scrub and seasonal ponds. The centre has many intresting sustainable features including a 'living' sedum roof, rendered straw bale walls and a wood burning stove.
It houses a permanent exhibition detailing how the Romney Marsh Landscape was formed, its history and wildlife. There is lots of information on what to see and do locally. Children's activities are always available.
An art gallery specialising in exciting local artists occupies a separate building and this opens in June 2012.
As well as several marked trails though the reserve there are garden areas demonstrating many aspects of organic gardening, gardening for wildlife and even a newly planted forest garden using principles of permaculture.
A replica lookers' hut has recently been built on site to provide visitors with an insight into the lives of Romney Marsh shepherds in the 18th and 19th centuries. These buildings are unique to the marsh and rapidly disappearing through neglect.
The centre is the proud holder of a Gold Award in Green Tourism Business Scheme - the first such award for a visitor attraction in Kent.
To view some photos see our Flickr group.