Tourism minister: ‘Jurassic coast is a natural gem’

PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 24 June 2016

Doug Hulyer, chairman of the Jurassic Coast Partnership, with Heritage and Tourism Minister David Evennett

Doug Hulyer, chairman of the Jurassic Coast Partnership, with Heritage and Tourism Minister David Evennett

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While the resort’s main £4million visitor centre was formally opened in April by The Princess Royal, its outdoor interpretation areas were delayed by the exceptionally wet weather in the winter and early spring.

Heritage and Tourism Minister David Evennett was in Seaton on Friday to see East Devon’s newest tourist attraction – Seaton Jurassic’s wildlife garden.

While the resort’s main £4million visitor centre was formally opened in April by The Princess Royal, its outdoor interpretation areas were delayed by the exceptionally wet weather in the winter and early spring.

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 around the Beer Quarry Caves and discussed the future plans for the site.

Mr Evenett 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 Jurassic is a fantastic example of a tourist attraction that is fun but educational too.”

Doug Hulyer, chairman of the Jurassic Coast Partnership, said after the visit: “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.”


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