A Forgotten Landscape
Lower Severn Vale Levels
The project area covered the foreshore and coastal floodplain of the River Severn from Avonmouth in the south to Oldbury, Shepperdine and Hill in the north, encompassing the parishes of Almondsbury, Aust, Hill, Oldbury-on-Severn, Olveston, Pilning, Rockhampton and Severn Beach in South Gloucestershire and the Bristol City wards of Avonmouth and Kingsweston (in part).
A Forgotten Landscape had four key aims that underpinned all our work:
- To conserve and restore the built and natural features that create the historic landscape character of the Lower Severn Vale Levels.
- To increase community participation in the heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels.
- To increase access to and learning about the landscape and heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels.
- To increase training opportunities in local heritage skills.
In doing so we aimed to restore the heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels as well as improving access and creating volunteering and learning opportunities. The term heritage is used in its broadest sense to encompass the natural environment, archaeology, local history, local food production and traditional farming practices, and even historic and present transportation – the way people have crossed the estuary over the centuries.
Ultimately the project aimed to create a framework for the Lower Severn Vale Levels whereby a wide range of stakeholders, including local residents, schools and landowners, could help current and future generations enjoy, learn from and conserve this significant landscape.
Our Landscape Conservation Action Plan provides the context and detail of all the projects we aimed to undertake during the life of A Forgotten Landscape. You can download a pdf of the plan below.