Spodden Valley Revealed Project Manager, Diana Hamilton, brings us up to date with the latest landscape improvement works.
Following the works at Cowm Reservoir (read all about that here), our SVR capital programme has been upgrading elements along the greenway and some of the spurs that lead off into the landscape. The works will help increase access and improve the spaces where the Spodden Valley stories of the landscape will be revealed and told through a variety of creative methods, including: artist installations; audio; performances; printed and online guides.
The site at Britannia will be a gateway into the ecomuseum, with direct remnants of the railway heritage, as the top edge of the in-filled railway tunnel is just visible. There have been a number of issues to deal with at this location, mainly around drainage, that lovely East Lancashire combination of rain and hills! We’ve also been making clearer the route of the greenway, linking it up to the path along the roadside. The area includes six large boulders of stone from a local quarry that mark the entrance to the ecomuseum. These will have carvings introducing the heritage and the ecomuseum by local stonemason and Master Craftsman – Alan Rhodes.
Here are some before and after images of the Britannia site:
On Hall Street, outside The Posh Pig, the team has improved the appearance of this space in preparation for it being a key site along the ecomuseum. It now offers a really pleasant place to sit and reflect on your visit, plan the next stages of your heritage adventure and enjoy the new planting in the space. The site now boasts new surfacing, upgraded raised planting beds with bench style seating, a timber sleeper surround for the existing mature tree, to deal with its once rambling roots, and a lovely chunky wooden bench to rest weary feet. This spring we will also work with local volunteers to wildflower seed a planting area.
What a difference it makes, as these before and after photographs show:
The next stage in the capital programme is to develop the new brand for the Spodden Valley Revealed ecomuseum and install signage, waymarking, interpretation, benches and cycle stands along the routes. Keep a look out for these arriving this year!
Spodden Valley Revealed has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, along with support from the Ernest Cook Foundation, Newground Together, Lancashire Environment Fund, Whitworth Town Council and Lancashire County Council.