Interpretation, Communications and Visitor Centres
Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve
Working with TEAM Tourism Consulting we assisted in the preparation of a development and business plan for enhanced visitor facilities at Shapwick Heath NNR. This involved producing recommendations for the location, scale and facilities associated with a new visitor centre.
Natural Tourism In North West England
Working with Team Tourism Consultants and Blue Sail we organised a series of workshops with tourism and conservation interests in the five Tourist Board areas of the north-west of England. These workshops helped to identify projects to stimulate tourism and day trips and better utilise the natural assets of the north-west of England. The final report was designed primarily to give direction to a programme of tourism development work that forms part of the North West Natural Economy Programme of the NWDA and Natural England.
- Know How Fund, Bulgaria
I managed a two year project in Bulgaria under
the Management Development Fund (British Know
How Fund) administered by the British Council.
The aim of the project was to establish a
new training and advice centre in Bulgaria
for heritage and environmental interpretation,
to experiment with some initial training courses
and to establish one or two demonstration
projects on the ground. Projects included
a new interpretation trail, information panels
and leaflets for an important countryside
Centre Feasibility Study
A study for Wiltshire Community Council assessing
the potential to develop a Heritage Centre
Trust in the small town of Pewsey as an aid
to economic and community development. The
proposed development includes a library, teaching
rooms for the local college, a café,
heritage centre, shop and budget accommodation.
I lead a feasibility study into the restoration
and presentation of the Victorian railway
station at Ballater on Royal Deeside. The
client group included the Aberdeen and Grampian
Tourist Board, Aberdeenshire County Council
and Grampian Enterprise.
Park Visitor Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent
For Sevenoaks District Council I have advised
on the extension of a visitor centre in a
country park. This has included producing
a plan for the displays and helping to appoint
a design company. I am also advising on the
staffing and management structure for the
centre and the country park.
for the Public
Together with Geoff Broom Associates I carried
out a study for the Countryside Commission
on their communication with the public about
the countryside. This was a strategic review
designed to guide the future policy of the
Commission regarding its communication and
publicity. It involved analysing the markets,
messages and communication methods and applying
this to the Commission's programmes.
Museum and Education Centre
In January 2001, I completed a four-month
options appraisal for the development of a
£2.5 mill. new Museum and Education
Centre for the Creswell Heritage Trust, which
covered business plans, scale of facilities,
staffing and location options.
I was retained by the Peak District Interpretation
project to manage the implementation of a
number of on-site interpretation projects
for Severn Trent Water, the National Trust
and the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. The
projects were part funded by the European
Union and included new trails, information
shelter displays, on site boards and special
events. Our role was to help appoint and brief
consultants and contribute to the ideas.
A study with the Wetlands Advisory Service
of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust of the
heavily visited Ellesmere area in Shropshire.
The study involved significant community consultation
and identified the need for enhanced ecological
management of the mere and the provision of
new recreation and education facilities in
a new reception building.
A feasibility study with the Wildfowl and
Wetland’s Trust to assess the potential
to create a wetland nature reserve and education
centre/visitor attraction on private land
near Land’s End.
Nature Park, Nairn
A feasibility study, for Inverness and Nairn
Enterprise, for the creation of a new wetland
and woodland nature park (with the Wetlands
Advisory Service of the Wildfowl and Wetlands
Trust). The study indicated the scale of the
park, the likely capital and revenue budget,
staffing and facilities of a new park to be
located on the edge of the town of Nairn.
A study of the historic farm, house and land
at Woolley Firs near Maidenhead. The work
was to prepare a vision document for the Woolley
Firs Conservation Trust and the Berkshire,
Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.
The proposals are to develop the site as a
visitor and educational attraction and to
seek funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund
for further planning and development.
Working with Oxford Archaeology to prepare
an interpretation strategy for the Cotswold
Water Park to better present the heritage
and historical interest of the park as an
aid to tourism and recreation development.
The preparation of an interpretation strategy,
as part of a wider visitor management and
marketing plan for the Sefton Coast. The work
was carried out with Peter Scott Planning
Services and Marketing Planning Associates
for Sefton Borough Council.