Project Status: In Progress
The ‘Designed Landscapes’ project seeks to build capacity within the Land of the Fanns to identify and record heritage so that its heritage significance can be better articulated.
There are three elements to the project. The first is a training-focused element to help build up capacity to ‘read’ and record landscapes. The second will see a programme of survey work to record information and build up a picture of the Land of the Fanns to support future projects and decision-making processes. The third will see an improvement to a landscape feature identified as a direct result of volunteer surveying activity and selected by volunteers.
This project embraces the entire Land of the Fanns. The ‘Connecting Historic Landscapes’ project (A3.2) complements this initiative by focussing on two strategic historic landscapes at Belhus and Thorndon, delving into greater detail and translating the results of volunteer survey work into targeted access and interpretation interventions. The aim will be to translate the survey outputs from this project into targeted delivery elsewhere within the Fanns through other funding opportunities as they emerge.
The project will also inform the Walks programme (D1.1) and the Interpreting the Fanns (B4.1) project. The surveying will also support the evidence base for the Landscape Management Plan in the ‘From Local to Landscape’ project (A1.1).
The first element of the project will see delivery of a programme of talks and field visits where volunteers are taught to ‘read’ the landscape with a focus on historic features. Archaeological field walking and guided walks will help people identify artefacts and heritage features with expert support, so that the landscape is better ‘read’ and recorded, and that the risks of unsympathetic change are better understood.
The second element will build on the first by supporting an ongoing programme of ecological and historical survey work led by volunteers. The outputs from the project will complement the Community Mapping project (B2.1), and be available online alongside other LotF LPS projects to build up a picture of the landscape. The project will offer opportunities for learning and volunteering that builds local understanding of the historic landscape and its significance.
The third and final element of the project will deliver an improvement to a landscape feature, view or habitat as a direct result of the volunteer surveying work.
Project Updates from August 2020
Reading landscapes – archeological field walking – (led my Museum of London Archaeology -MOLA) completed with 10 people trained to identify artifacts in the ground and to record them.
Recording landscapes – after a training course where volunteers were trained to understand landscape features and their significance led by Twigs Way a consultant and lecturer associated with the Gardens Trust, the volunteers are just about to complete surveys of features across the LOTF landscape. This information is being compiled and a report produced that will help local councils, planners and countryside managers plan and understand the significance of the area and sites. Due to Covid 19 and having to reduce the timeline for this to be carried out, only 46 features have been recorded rather than the original 55. The report , due to be produced at the end of September 2020 will be online and available to all councils and planners and organisations (also in hard copy) . These can be obtained from the LOTF team or from this website from October 2020 .
Improving Landscapes – this has now been completed and following the volunteers work above, historic gates to the entrance of the walled garden at Bedfords Park have been installed. In addition, an interpretation board has been designed and produced but not yet installed at Dagnam Park (due to Covid 19 – this will be installed in later months and the remnants of the pillars put back in their original position outside of the ruins of the historic mansion in the park.