Tower to open again next year

ISLANDERS will be able to head inside Le Hocq Tower once again next year as part of a series of educational open days offering information about the area’s history and marine environment.

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This year, more than 1,800 Islanders visited the site throughout its first season of being opened as an interpretation centre.

The exhibition, curated by Jersey Heritage, tells the story of the defence and geology of the Island, as well as the prehistoric landscape and surrounding wetlands.

Jersey Heritage have said the tower will open on the first Sunday of every month between April and October next year following its reopening for World Wetlands Day on Sunday 2 February 2020.

Overlooking one of the largest intertidal reefs in Europe, Le Hocq was designated a Wetland of International Importance nearly two decades ago.

Lucy Layton, Jersey Heritage’s outreach curator, said: ‘The interpretation centre is a wonderful use for the tower, which is a listed building and over 200 years old. It fits perfectly with our forts and towers project, which aims to give public access to some of the Island’s most historic sites, while also conserving the history and character of these incredible buildings.’

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