Welcome to ‘A Forgotten Landscape – Restoring the Heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels’
The Lower Severn Vale Levels, an area of low-lying floodplain along the shore of the Severn Estuary, is a very special place. The landscape boasts big skies; sense of light and vast open space with two colossal white bridges spanning the silt-laden tides of the Severn Estuary. 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, over millennia, the distinctive landscape we see today. Habitats include river estuary, saltmarsh, orchard and grassland alongside highly industrial areas and suburbs on the edge of Bristol – in them all lie a wealth of wildlife, geology and archaeology to be discovered.
“A Forgotten Landscape” is a large-scale natural and cultural heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme. The project is a partnership of statutory and non-statutory bodies including South Gloucestershire Council, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol City Council, Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre, Environment Agency, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group Southwest, Natural England, RSPB, The Conservation Volunteers and University of the West of England, alongside stakeholder groups including businesses, parish councils, schools and walking groups. The project seeks to conserve and enhance the Lower Severn Vale Levels, while improving community access to and engagement with the area’s unique natural and cultural heritage.
TT2- Summary of John Morgan and Pru Foster’s presentation 1.3.16 TT2 – talk handout