A VISITOR centre at the Seven Sisters Country Park has been unveiled on Sussex Day.

The refurbishment cost South Downs National Park £2 million and has been under construction since last summer.

The old facilities have been transformed into a bright, airy and interactive space to learn about the country park and its coastal setting.

Peter Cousin, commercial manager for Seven Sisters Country Park, said: “After well over two years in the making, we’re so excited to be opening our new facilities.

The Argus: South Downs National Park staff outside the visitor centreSouth Downs National Park staff outside the visitor centre

“Seven Sisters is the perfect introduction to the South Downs National Park and we hope our facilities will inspire people and create a sense of wonderment for just how special this landscape is.

“This is a globally important site where nature and people come together and we’re proud to have a visitor centre that does justice to the location.

“Whether it’s a first time visit, or you’re a regular along this coastline, do come and have a look at the new facilities. We look forward to welcoming everyone.”

The authority took ownership of the site last summer from East Sussex County Council and the work is said to be the first phase of refurbishments at the country park.

The Argus: The centre will have displays about the country parkThe centre will have displays about the country park

Work is also underway to renovate holiday accommodation and facilities at nearby Foxholes. Cycle hire is also set to be announced, run by the Cuckmere Cycle Company.

Lunch on the go is now possible for walkers and cyclists with the opening of a locally-sourced and sustainable takeaway food and drinks service.

Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland – often called “Europe’s rainforest in miniature” as a single square metre can include 40 wildflower species and over 20 different butterflies.

The Argus: Picture by Rudiger NoldPicture by Rudiger Nold

Trevor Beattie, chief executive of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “This is a big milestone for Britain’s youngest national park and we’re excited for the future.

“This is a treasured site and so much more than just a great view, so we hope our new visitor offer inspires people to learn more about Seven Sisters and, ultimately, care for the site so it can be enjoyed by generations to come.”