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New multi-million pound visitor hub for Cheshire forest

Delamere Forest in Cheshire, the UK’s second busiest forest with around 750,000 visitors annually, is to receive a multi-million pound visitor hub and gateway to the forest.

Key features of the plan will be:
• A new visitor welcome area with a larger cafe
• Improved toilet facilities
• Significant landscaping improvements
• New and improved trails and bridleways
• A multi-use health and well-being trail
• A new visitor hub car park and improved overflow parking
• 67 Forest Holidays cabins

Forestry England have partnered with Forest Holidays to create this sustainable vision for Delamere Forest. This will benefit all the forest’s visitors with improved facilities and will create new experiences for people wishing to enjoy a peaceful getaway in the forest.

Work on the main Visitor Hub building has now started with construction partners, Willmott Dixon. The new wooden-framed visitor welcome building will have a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. The toilets will include a 'Changing Places' facility for people who are unable to use standard toilets.

Sustainability is at the forefront of all the building designs, with features including solar panels, a ground source heat pump, a sustainable drainage design and rainwater harvesting.

Work has also started at the new Forest Holidays location, led by the company's own in-house specialist team. S