PLANS have been unveiled that will see a long-standing and popular family attraction transformed, and families are invited to visit for free to view them. 

Birdworld, based at Farnham on the border of Hampshire and Surrey, is set to undergo redevelopment alongside Haskins’ Forest Lodge Garden Centre, as it looks to renovate the site in a bid to offer a year-round destination for all the family, safe-guarding the site for the future.

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The plans for Birdworld include a reorganisation of the site, an adventure play park, indoor play area and improved visitor facilities. There will also be enhanced landscaping and a new and inviting entrance.

Matt Hill, Birdworld and Farnham development director, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming residents and customers to our doors to see our exciting plans for our birds’ home as we look to improve the facilities and provide a place where people will want to visit from miles around.

“Working with Haskins, our aim is to create a family-friendly attraction with a much wider appeal, which has even more to offer visitors of all ages. The redevelopment will create a great attraction, revitalising our offering and drawing in visitors from far and wide.”

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The plans for the adjacent Forest Lodge garden centre include a new and improved centre with a pedestrian link from the existing bus stop to promote and encourage sustainable travel, and a roundabout from the main point of entry from the A325.

Residents, customers and interested parties are invited to the public drop-in session on Friday, November 10 to see the plans on display at the Palm Café at Birdworld. There they can talk to members of the Birdworld and Haskins team about the proposals, from 11am-4pm, which will include free access to the park that day.

Matt added: “Since first opening in 1968, Birdworld has aimed to provide a place of sanctuary for some of the world’s most beautiful, interesting and unfortunately endangered species. We want to continue to do so for the years to come and by future-proofing this site, we aim to do just that.”