Plans to create a visitor centre at the birth place of Dorset author and poet, Thomas Hardy, took one step closer to reality recently, with the project winning lottery funding.
The project will see the creation of a centre and several education trails on the 64 acre site of Thorncombe Wood, which surrounds the writer's cottage in Higher Bockhampton. The Heritage Lottery Fund decided to award the project £495,000 and work is planned to start next year.
The project is being run by Dorset County Council and the National Trust and is aimed at helping visitors to the area understand a little more about the region's roots and the life of one of the UK's most important writers.
The project is due to be completed by Easter 2014 and should make for a great day out for anyone enjoying a stay in holiday cottages in Dorset.