Lower Severn Vale Levels welcome 55 beautiful new interpretation posts and 4 panoramic toposcopes
Beth Morafon, Senior Consultant at WWT Consulting, originated artwork for the 55 panels and 4 panoramic toposcopes in late 2017 inspired by vibrant stories and research from Red Kite Environment. Together we held two consultation days with local communities to develop the work.
The panels are currently being installed in 11 site specific locations; panoramic toposcopes are located at St Arilda’s Church, Woodwell Meadows and Kings Weston House and clusters of interpretive panels are sited at Lamplighter’s Marsh, Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Chitterning Warth, New Passage, Aust Ferry, Littleton-Upon-Severn, Whale Wharf, St Arilda’s Church, Oldbury-On-Severn and the site of the Windbound pub in Shepperdine.
The beautiful enamel panels sit in groups, upon chunky angled oak posts, arranged carefully in the landscape, offering to inspire engagement with their content. If you are exploring the area do look out for these lovely gems, presented like elevated gleaming wet shells in the muted and sometimes muddy landscape. You’ll certainly discover something new about the area with interpretation spanning from natural history to cultural heritage, from trade and industry to pop culture. Perhaps you can find the song titles, hidden in the interpretation panels, which reference Bob Dylan’s visit and famous portrait at the Aust Ferry in 1966.
Gladly our creative work with A Forgotten Landscape continues and we are currently developing an innovative travelling exhibition and publication, ‘Tales of the Vale’ which features the work of AFL’s history research and oral history volunteers. Fascinating histories and tall tales will await those who visit the exhibition and read the book.