The Nature Discovery Centre
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The Nature Discovery Centre opened in 1995 and currently attracts over 75,000 visitors each year. A further estimated 75,000 visitors use the surrounding site for recreational activities throughout the year. There are a number of paths, a wooden sculpture trail and bird hide. The Visitor Centre has a café and offers an extensive programme of events.
The building was refurbished in 2007 giving the centre new features designed to make the building more sustainable and energy efficient and to reduce its impact on the local environment.
The sustainable features include:
- Rock fibre insulation in the walls, floor and roof.
- Solar panels on the roof.
- Reception desk and cupboards made by local craftsman Colin Underhay from local English Oak.
- Floor tiles which are made from renewable materials such as linseed oil, wood flour and jute.
- Rainwater harvesting system.
- Sedum roof reducing the need for heating in cold weather and cooling in hot weather.
- Bio fuel pellet boiler burns small wood pellets made from sawdust.
- Low flush toilets and waterless urinals.
- "Thatcham Tourist Information". TourUK. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "About The Nature Discovery Centre". West Berkshire Council. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "The Nature Discovery Centre sustainable features". West Berkshire Council. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
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