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Interpretation Points, Benches and Toposcopes

In our work with local communities and landowners, we heard some amazing stories about the landscape. We captured some of the best (we couldn’t do them all justice) and have shared them at our interpretation points across the area. We have also installed benches that tell other stories and toposcopes (viewfinders) to show people what is hiding in the view.

Explore our map of all these sites – interpretation points are marked in green, benches are blue and the toposcopes are orange.

Design of Interpretation

At eleven sites across the project area, a cluster of posts with enamel tops show information, images and stories about the landscape around them.


Two bench designs inspired by apple orchards, shorelines, features of Avonmouth and the docks were created for the project area. Based on a classic Victorian bench, the ornate cast iron ends support wooden slats for the seat. A short quotation from oral histories gathered by AFL volunteers is attached to the top on a brass plaque, and an image or pattern of a local feature is drawn with pyrogravure onto the wood.

See the slide show below for some in-progress photographs of the benches.


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