Written by: The Greensand Country Team
The idea behind the interpretation boards was to encourage people out into Greensand Country and not just staying confined to the area around the attractions. They have been installed at Rushmere Country Park, Shuttleworth, Ampthill Park, RSPB Sandy, and Moggerhanger Park. Each site has facilities which the public are used to having access to, such as toilets and cafes. However, the boards are there to show there are lots of trails to follow and explore.
It got all the attractions engaged with what Greensand Country is trying to achieve. It meant we had to look at what we could offer in each area and apply that to an interpretation board.
Benefits to People
It will guide the public and wider community to explore Greensand Country and get out of their comfort zone.
Benefits to Heritage & Landscape
The boards will make the landscape better understood. The public will be able to find new walks and trails to explore and learn more about the area.
This project will make the landscape much more accessible for those who want to get off the beaten track. It will show them that there is lots to explore and it is all sign posted and easily accessible.
Challenges & Lessons Learnt
Due to the pandemic the attractions were closed so it was hard to get hold of anyone in order to proceed. We just kept trying and as people came back to work they picked up our emails and we progressed from there.
Less is more with these boards. Initially we tried to include too much wording which made them look too busy. We discovered it was best to keep them simple and clean.