Arts /Education

The Sill

Thank you for your support and for giving us the confidence to deliver this vision.

The Sill is the largest, certainly the most ambitious – and probably the most extraordinary – project ever undertaken by a UK National Park. It’s a triumph of shared vision, effective partnerships, technical skills, artistic know-how, and brave bold new thinking. And thanks to our friends, funders, supporters, advisors, champions, colleagues, volunteers The Sill opened its doors to the public on 29 July 2017.

Some highlights from our first few months of operation are: between August and November we welcomed 73,248 visitors; the planting of the Whin Grassland roof, by contractor Cumbria Wildflowers Ltd, has established itself far better than expected; the newly-created safe walking path from The Sill towards Steel Crags and the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail is proving extremely popular; we submitted our BREEAM application and anticipate that The Sill will gain the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ environmental award; the Hadrian’s Wall bus drop-off and collection point on The Sill site is working well. It is the most popular stop with 44% of all passengers going to The Sill. Overall passengers on the whole bus service rose 26% since The Sill opened.