And it’s 'in with the new' in December when a new Visitor Centre, including a café, will be delivered to our Mere Sands Wood nature reserve in Rufford.
However, tears were shed when the old building was taken down by contractors as it has served the reserve for nearly half a century!
Reserve Officer Ian Wright said: “There are mixed feelings here this week. The old building could tell so many stories about the people and wildlife that have made this place so special.
“But time has caught up with it and facilities fit for the 21st century for visitors, volunteers and staff are taking shape that are better than anything that’s gone before.
“We’re looking forward with anticipation whilst cherishing fond memories of the old building”.
There are mixed feelings here this week. The old building could tell so many stories about the people and wildlife that have made this place so special.
Tens of thousands of people visit the reserve annually, as their own hidden gem. There are gentle walks through the trees and around the lakes which were formerly part of Martin Mere: once England's biggest freshwater lake which covered most of the area until the 1700s.