CommunitiesThe project to create the River Avon Trail took place in 2004. It involved the creation of 15 interpretation panels, a guide book and this website. The project forged local links with the communities, local history groups and conservation societies that live and work along the river. Discovery walks, activities and visits were hosted and led by people from diverse groups - some of which have formed in more recent years. Groups along the River Avon Trail include:
Friends of Lamplighter's Marsh
Friends of the Avon New Cut (FrANC)
Friends of Troopers Hill
Friends of Eastwood Farm
Saltford Brass Mill Project
Working with Schools
In summer 2004, school projects using local knowledge as a basis for cross-curricular work also took place. Pupils at Crockerne Pill Primary School created a printed book of old Pill Stories. Saltford Brass Mill hosted Saltford Primary School making 'willow wildlife' to celebrate the significance of the river to the village. Children from inner-city Barton Hill Nursery & Infant School devised an animation about the river and the area's transformation. Working with the National Trust and the Avon Gorge & Downs Project, the schools' work culminated in a launch event in the Avon Gorge with pupils from Ashton Gate and Christchurch Primary Schools.
Conham Mural 2005
In summer 2005, a fantastic 17 metre long mural was created on a concrete wall beside the River Avon Trail at Conham. The wall, which is close to Beese's Tea Gardens and adjacent to Avon Valley Woodlands Local Nature Reserve, attracted regular graffiti most of which had no connection with the wonderful river surroundings. The Forest of Avon Trust and South Gloucestershire Council worked with young people from Hanham Youth Centre to come up with designs for the wall. Postcards of the artwork are available at local libraries and tourist offices.
See the Barton Hill animation, the Pill book, work in progress at Saltford and in the Avon Gorge.