Marking the dawn of a new era for the Great British countryside, the team behind Northumberland's planned £10.5million Landscape Discovery Centre
, this week launched a £3.7million fundraising campaign, backed by polar explorer, Conrad Dickinson
In order to make the vision for the new national flagship Landscape Discovery Centre and YHA
Youth Hostel, a reality, the team from Northumberland National Park Authority
and YHA (England and Wales) launched the effort to encourage investors and sponsors to pledge their support for this once-in-a-generation opportunity.
If successful, the initiative will see the transformation of the current 1960s Once Brewed National Park centre into an iconic destination of international significance, and gateway to the stunning landscape of Northumberland and North East England
Coming together at the awe-inspiring Steel Rigg site in Northumberland, the project team were joined by explorer, Conrad Dickinson
, and representatives from the community, to unveil their fundraising 'totaliser' which will become a feature of the current site as the campaign gathers pace.
, has lived in Northumberland all his
life, and shares a passion for the outdoors, heightened by his
many adventures including becoming the first and only Briton to have achieved the 'Polar Grand Slam', the completion of the world's three hardest polar expeditions.
As a Patron and Ambassador for British Exploring
is passionate about giving young people every opportunity to stretch their horizons and believes The Sill project could greatly assist as a springboard for young people to engage in outdoor activities within the National Park.
Speaking about the project and its importance, Conrad
said: "The Sill will become an emblematic location which will engage a wide selection of the population, encouraging them to explore the beauty of Northumberland National Park
and transform how they engage with, experience and learn about landscapes and conservation.
I particularly hope it stimulates young people to expand their horizons and engage in the wide variety of outdoor activities within the National Park.
An opportunity like this only comes around once-in-a-generation and I support the project and its exciting ambitions 100 per cent.
It is really important that people get behind The Sill, to help raise the vital funds needed to make it a reality."
Conrad Dickinson & Tony Gates