11 Oct 13

Blooming marvellous! Dungeness B visitor centre celebrates 3000 visitors

The visitor centre at Dungeness B power station celebrated its 3000th visitor since opening in February, by making a generous donation to a local charitable group, Maidstone Rotary Club

Martin Pearson, station director at Dungeness B, said: “I am extremely pleased with the success of the visitor centre so far. The feedback we have had from visitors has been excellent. Many school and college groups have had exciting lessons here and members of the public continue to drop in to learn more about the way we produce energy.”

The 3000th visitor was booked in with the Maidstone Rotary Club, who visited on Tuesday October 8. Twenty of the club’s volunteers enjoyed a look around the centre before being given a tour of the plant. They were presented with a certificate to mark the occasion, and will soon take delivery of 3000 daffodil bulbs which they will be able to plant in time for next spring.

Colin Trelfer, president of the Rotary Club at Maidstone, said: “I am very impressed with the plant, especially the focus on safety. The visitor centre is excellent and our tour guide was first class. We are really grateful for the daffodil donation and already have several ideas of where to plant them like woodlands and village greens. We are hoping to get some local school and charity groups involved with the planting as well.”

Since its opening earlier this year, the centre has welcomed over 550 students from schools, colleges and universities. With a classroom on site and interactive resources designed to engage learning about energy, teachers have found the visitor centre to be a great teaching resource. They are also invited to take a tour of the nuclear power plant, an exciting experience for young pupils.

Anyone keen to find out more about Dungeness B and nuclear power for themselves can visit the Dungeness B visitor centre. The visitor centre will normally be open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm and is open to members of the public.

Visitors will be given an introductory talk about how the station operates, and if booked in advance will be given a guided tour through selected parts of the plant. To book a visit the public can contact the station via: dungenessBtours@edf-energy.com or call 01797 343728.