SSDCYeovil Country Park’s new Centre has won a £1,500 Sustainable Watermark Award. The Award which supports water conservation will go towards installing various water saving products within the public toilets and volunteer wet room facilities. Matt Cornelius from Wessex Water will present the cheque to Country Park Ranger Becky Russell when he visits the new Centre on Friday 15 August.

South Somerset District Council has made a major commitment to improving the facilities for their park rangers and volunteers. Their park’s new Centre is being built to be energy efficient with sun pipes and an air sourced heat pump. It will also be a great improvement on the converted shipping container that volunteers previously had to work out of.  The new building will provide a cafe and education room as well giving visitors and children the chance to learn about the Park’s wildlife and the history and restoration of the Valley Gardens.

“Yeovil Country Park is an important green lung for the town” said Becky “but we were never able to make the most of what it has to offer.  This new building will make such a difference and the fact that it is being built to be energy efficient will in itself be a source of interest and a talking point. Water saving technology is central to the sustainable specification for the new building and we very much appreciate the support from Wessex Water with this Sustainable Watermark Award.

The Watermark Award provides funds for environmental projects within the Wessex Water area. Now in its twenty first year it has supported over 900 environmental initiatives. Organised by The Conservation Foundation, all projects are judged by a panel chaired by its President – David Bellamy.