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Celebrating the Avalon Marshes

 21st Feb 2011

Starlings on the Levels © Lynne NewtonMembers of the local community can help shape a £2million project celebrating the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of the Avalon Marshes.

The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership project aims to improve access and understanding of the landscape and cultural heritage of the area and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Local people could benefit from training in conservation, archaeology and traditional land management techniques and skills, working as project volunteers helping to protect and preserve the landscape. The project also aims to increase awareness of the important role these wetlands play in Somerset’s history, through educational activities and events, and to improve access for local people and visitors, including improved interpretation.

Development Manager Alex Sherman said: “The community events are a great opportunity for local people to get involved and help shape this exciting project and to find out more about some of the ideas we have for celebrating this unique landscape.”

The project will run for four years and bring over £2 million to the local area for landscape and heritage projects. The first year will be spent working with local people to develop a detailed set of project proposals.

To kick start the process a number of community events are being held; each starts at 6.30pm:

Godney Village Hall, Monday 28th February
Burtle Village Hall, Wednesday 2nd March
Avalon Marshes Centre, Wednesday 9th March
Mark Village Hall, Monday 14th March
Glastonbury Town Hall, Wednesday 16th March

The project partners include: Somerset Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, Natural England, the Hawk and Owl Trust and Somerset County Council.

These are open events but please contact Alex Sherman in advance where possible. Contact Alex on 01458 860556 or