Outwoods Visitor Centre and Café dedicated in memory of former Council leader

Published: Sat 19th March, 2022

  • Photo shows Janice Slater with leader of the Council, Cllr Jonathan Morgan and Deputy Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jenni Tillotson with a plaque dedicating the Outwoods Visitor Centre in memory of former Council leader David Slater.

A plaque dedicating the Outwoods Visitor Centre and Café in memory of David Slater, former leader of Charnwood Borough Council has been unveiled.

The plaque recognises David’s service to the people of Charnwood and was revealed at an event to formally open the centre and cafe. David’s family, including his wife Janice attended the event with other guests to see the unveiling.

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, leader of Charnwood Borough Council said: “I’m really pleased we have been able to officially open the visitor centre and café at the Outwoods and dedicate the building in memory of David.

“David was wholeheartedly committed to putting residents at the heart of everything we did as a Council while he was leader, and this is a fitting tribute to recognise his service and dedication including the contributions he made to the Outwoods and open spaces across the borough.”

Responsibility of the Outwoods lies with the Outwoods Management Committee which is a separate body to the Council. However, the Council effectively manages the Outwoods working alongside the committee.

Cllr Hilary Fryer, chair of the committee said: “I’m incredibly proud we have been able to officially open the visitor centre and café today and also dedicate it in memory of David.

“It has been a lovely afternoon welcoming David’s family and seeing everyone who has been involved in bringing this project to completion.On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved.”

Mrs Slater said: “On behalf of David’s family and friends, I would like to thank the Council for keeping his memory and legacy alive by dedicating the visitor centre in his name.

“We are extremely proud of everything he achieved for his local community as a councillor, and I am sure he would be overwhelmed by this honour.”

Cllr Slater joined the borough council in 2001 as a ward member for Quorn and Mountsorrel Castle Ward before becoming leader of the Council in 2010. He stepped down as leader in November 2017 before sadly passing away in 2018.

Last year, the Council invested around £130,000 to convert the former ranger’s cottage into a visitor centre and café. The café is being operated by popular Loughborough business Olivia’s Coffee and Bakery which will be known to many Loughborough residents and visitors to the town.

The café opened at the end of 2021.

The Outwoods is 110 acres of ancient woodland to the south of Loughborough and is one of the oldest surviving woodland sites in Charnwood. It is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England, which means it is protected by law to conserve its wildlife and geology.

For more information about the Outwoods and the Outwoods Visitor Centre and Café please visit: www.charnwood.gov.uk/outwoods