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Huyton's National Wildflower Centre to close permanently after 16 years in February

The National Wildflower Centre in Huyton will close next year due to financial troubles.

The centre, which opened in 2001 as a millennium project, was a place that fostered the idea of creative conservation of the English landscape, as well as being an educator to generations of Merseyside school children.

A statement released by their board of trustees tonight said: “The National Wildflower Centre finances have been increasingly challenging during this time of continuing austerity and it is with great sadness that its trustees have decided to wind down all business operations by February 2017.

“During these challenging times trustees and staff are exploring with partners opportunities to secure a legacy for the National Wildflower Centre that sustains its valuable activities, assets and values.”

The centre, which is on Court Hey Park, put all of the money it raised from its activities into its found charity, Landlife which was founded in 1975, and worked closely with Knowsley council, making new landscapes for communities.

They also ran a wildflower seed business and were a seasonal attraction for people who loved the outdoors.

A further statement added: “Our work in creative conservation, often using art and culture to enthuse and engage people, has touched the lives of countless people over the years and the reputation of the National Wildflower Centre’s inspirational work stretches across the globe.” 

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