Avalon Marshes Heritage Network
The Dog Rose Trust is working on this area of the Somerset Levels on a Leader + funded project to create information that is accessible to all. This is an exciting and interesting project involving a wide range of subjects such as the habitat of the bittern and the ancient trackways across the marshy ground.
A series of information panels will tell the story of the area as well the historic aspects of the such ancient sites as the Sweet Track and the lake villages. The Trust is working with Somerset County Archaeology department, English Nature, RSPB and Somerset Wildlife Trust to create these. Some of the panels will also contain a wind-up audio unit with information given in sound.
The first set of these panels have been installed at Ham Wall on the RSPB site and by the Sweet Track on land managed by English Nature. The panels, designed by Think Graphic Design of Ludlow, are full colour printed and silk screen overprinted with raised tactile and Braille information. This technique has already been successfully tried by the Trust in other places but this is the largest series of panels to be produced to date.