A Forgotten Landscape; A Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme; 2015 – 2018

This project is now archived on line here

“A Forgotten Landscape was a large-scale natural and cultural heritage project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme, which ran from March 2015 to October 2018.

The project sought to conserve and enhance the Lower Severn Vale Levels, an area of low-lying floodplain along the shore of the Severn Estuary, while improving community access to and engagement with the area’s unique natural and cultural heritage.

It is a landscape full of dynamic, dramatic beauty and panorama; and hidden within this is the human story of interaction with the land that has shaped the distinctive landscape we see today.

This is a special place. It boasts big skies; a sense of light and vast open space with two colossal white bridges spanning the silt-laden tides of the Severn Estuary.

Habitats include river estuary, salt marsh, orchard and grassland alongside highly industrial areas and suburbs on the edge of Bristol – in them all lie a wealth of wildlife, geology, history and archaeology to be discovered.”

A large amount of output, including an interactive map of the area of the project, is on the archive.

The project generated a number of creative / artistic / community enguagements with the estuary, many led by the artist Deborah Aguirre Jones.

A record of that is in the publication ‘Explain Yourself. Conversations with a Place’. That book can be previewed, and purchased on Blurb.

Jump to the place marker on the map here

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