Heritage and Tourism Minister David Evennett visited East Devon’s newest tourist attraction today, Seaton Jurassic’s wildlife garden, which is now fully open to the public.
While the popular local visitor attraction was formally opened in April by HRH the Princess Royal, its wildlife garden and outdoor interpretation areas were delayed by the exceptionally wet weather in winter and early spring.
Visitors to the wildlife gardens can now explore some of the iconic geological features of the Jurassic Coast recreated at the Seaton Jurassic centre.
Almost 3,000 people visited the newly opened outdoor areas during the half term weekend.
As part of his visit, Mr Evennett was also given a tour of Seaton beach to see the UNESCO World Heritage site where he heard how the area is being managed and protected.
He was then shown the Beer Quarry Caves and discussed the future plans for the site.
Heritage and Tourism Minister David Evennett said:
“The Jurassic Coast is one of the world’s most important landscapes and one of our country’s natural gems.
“It is wonderful to see how well this unique coastline is being looked after so that it continues to attract vital tourism to the region, while ensuring it is protected for generations to come.
“Seaton Centre is a fantastic example of a tourist attraction that is fun but educational too.”
Doug Hulyer, chair of the Jurassic Coast Partnership, said:
“We are delighted that the Minister with portfolio for World Heritage Sites has taken the opportunity visit England’s only natural Site, and see for himself the positive economic and social impact that this globally important status can have when communities work together for a shared goal.”