Sir George dug the first sod on the site of a new restaurant for the Hawk Conservancy in Amport.
"The Hawk Conservancy has had another very successful year with over 60,000 visitors. They have decided to expand and improve the catering facilities at the Hawk Conservancy and build a new restaurant. Access will be from the car park, so the restaurant can serve people who want to pop in for a meal, without going to the bird display. The restaurant will cater for the growing numbers who visit the trust, and want to enjoy a good day out with a high quality meal in comfortable surroundings. At the moment the existing cafeteria is bursting at the seams".
The contract to build the restaurant has been won by Harpoint, a firm based in Andover, who hope to complete the work by the end of February, in time for the surge of visitors at Easter. £100,000 has been donated by the Plain Trust, which supports projects in and around Salisbury Plain.
Sir George, who was joined by the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Zilliah Brookes, said that he was enormously proud of the achievements of the Hawk Conservancy Trust, and it was very exciting that they were going ahead with the new building.
“In the years since I have been the MP, they have built the bird hospital, the Griffin rooms, and increased the range of birds that they look after and fly. They have recently opened a branch at Longleat, which has had an enormously successful first year".
The Chairman of the Trust, Marion Paviour, introduced Sir George who paid tribute to her leadership.
Ashley Smith and Andy Hinton, who run the Trust with a small team, are also in the photo.