Plans to renovate a derelict church and build an eco-friendly walking lodge are set to be unveiled.
The Clophill Heritage Project is currently looking to secure the last amounts of funding, and will soon be revealing its plans to the public.
The old St Mary’s Church in Clophill that has lain empty for over 40 years, is set to be renovated and consolidated to include an observation tower.
And a lodge that will provide accommodation to walkers hiking the Greensands Ridge is planned to be built nearby.
Member of Clophill Heritage Trust Ali Bradbury said: “This is a very exciting project, which will enhance and improve an environmental area in Central Bedfordshire.
“In the past the church has been subjected to vandalism and anti-social behaviour, but this project will make that a thing of the past.”
She added: “All of this has been made possible by support and funding from a wide range of organisations.
“The project will bring together education and the environment, training and tourism.”
The site, that is situated on the top of a hill off the High Street, has been subjected to numerous incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour, and in recent years has earned a reputation for being haunted, attracting groups of ghosthunters from across the country.
It is hoped that the renovated building will be finished next year.
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