Brownhill Countryside Centre gets New Upland Discovery Room

The Brownhill Countryside Centre in Uppermill experienced a fantastic face-lift with support from the Watershed Landscape Project. This popular stopping point is situated in the heart of Saddleworth on the banks of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal between Dobcross and Uppermill.

FDA Design, who won the contract for the work, worked in partnership with the Countryside Team and Watershed Landscape staff to create a venue which retains its flexibility as a community and learning space, but also tells the fascinating story of the South Pennine uplands and Oldham’s countryside spaces using a variety of innovative interpretation techniques. The Upland Discovery Centre combines modern technology with more traditional interpretation techniques such as education packs, models, and information panels to help new and existing visitors understand the important local landscape and provide ideas on how to get out and about in Oldham and beyond. The centre is a hub for information for visitors on exploring the wider area and continues to provide advice, information and ideas for visitors.  

The new exhibition space takes people on a journey through the landscape and highlights the amazing heritage and biodiversity which is literally on the doorstep. Just a few metres away over the bridge behind the centre via an accessible ramped walkway, the Brownhill's nature garden features woodland, meadow and pond habitats to encourage butterflies and other animals, with a gazebo and bird hide to watch the wildlife from.

Downstairs in the Centre, the Lime Kiln Café offers a great selection of homemade food and snacks to help visitors refuel whilst exploring the area.