Published: 13:10, 22 January 2021
| Updated: 11:52, 25 January 2021
The Kent Wildlife Trust is planning an expansion and refurbishment of its visitor centre in Sevenoaks.
The centre, based around a former gravel quarry, boasts five lakes and several bird hides, but at present has limited parking, which overflows on sunny days.
The proposals will see the car park expanded from 48 spaces to 85, with the addition of four coach parking places - there are currently none although in normal times the centre hosts many school visits.
The centre itself would be given a single-storey extension to the north, and the cafe area would be enhanced so that customers had extensive views over the lake - currently there are none.
At the same time, the trust is planning to fit solar panels and air source heat pumps to reduce the building's carbon footprint.
Toilet facilities will be improved and there will be an enhanced children's play area.
A new one way in-and-out system will be introduced to ease access.
The trust said: "Our plans will improve the visitor experience and inspire future generations to connect with nature."
The reserve covers 73 hectares and is free to visit.
At the moment, because of Covid, the visitor centre off Bradbourne Vale Road is closed, but the reserve and parking remain open.
The trust is asking the public for views on the proposals and an online survey can be completed here.