South Shropshire News
Discovery Centre - what's happening?
19th February 2014
The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (SHDC) and neighbouring Onny Meadows in Craven Arms are to be transferred from Shropshire Council to South Shropshire Housing Association (SSHA), and run by their partner Grow Cook Learn.
The plans were formally approved by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet in January 2014, having first been agreed by the SHDC Advisory Board in 2013.
Grow Cook Learn plan to start managing and developing the centre in spring 2014.
Grow Cook Learn’s vision for the Discovery Centre is: “to create a training centre for food-related employment, a leisure resource for local people, and a vibrant visitor attraction demonstrating the link between food production and the landscape of the Shropshire Hills”.
They plan to run the Centre as a ‘hub’ enhancing visitors’ experience of the local area, providing training in the food-related industries, creating and supporting local jobs, supporting local businesses, and supporting spend in the local area.
The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, which was substantially funded by the Millennium Commission, was opened in 2001 as a major visitor centre for the Shropshire Hills.
The Centre currently includes a library, education room, craft room, art gallery, exhibition space, Shropshire Council customer service point, a café, a shop and more.
The plans for the centre mean that the library will move to the Craven Arms Community Centre (CasCA) and will be managed by The Furniture Scheme as a ‘community library’. A ‘community library’ means the library is transferred from council ownership to a community organisation with support from the council. It will be the first wholly-run community library in Shropshire.
The Customer Service Point will move to the nearby Gateway, and continue to be managed by Shropshire Council.
New management arrangements for the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are being planned. You can read about Grow, Cook, Learn’s vision for the future here:-