The Avalon Marshes conservation organisations have been working together for many years, driven by a joint recognition of the area’s rich natural and cultural heritage and by the potential opportunities for creative conservation provided by the worked-out peat voids. This work came together in the creation and management of the nature reserves and at the Avalon Marshes Centre, where the wildlife partners developed an operational base alongside Somerset County Council’s Peat Moors Centre (now closed).
Quite when the Avalon Marshes name was first coined is unclear. What is clear is that the established name and strength of the partnership, as well as the unique character of the landscape, provided a strong basis for a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in November 2011 for Landscape Partnership funding. The seven organisations making up the Landscape Partnership are shown at the bottom of the page in logo form.
Avalon Marshes Partnership
Since that project ended in 2016, five of the organisations continue as the Avalon Marshes Partnership (SWT, NE, RSPB, H&OT and SWHT) and have committed to continue to work together to:
- build on the successes of the scheme
- see the successful redevelopment of the Avalon Marshes Centre
- conserve the unique character of the area
- engage people in its conservation and enjoyment
- maximise the benefits for the local community and economy
The resulting agreement between the partners includes a shared vision, aims and objectives, as well as a commitment to working together on the ground to provide a fitting legacy to the Landscape Partnership.
You can read more about the HLF-funded Landscape Partnership here.