This has now been put in place along the canal, with a mix of (traditional) lectern panels, more structural upright units and a fingerpost sign at Melbourne Arm.
A group representing the project partners spent a long time writing the words to go on the panels, as well as deciding which images should be used. As we have such lovely historical photos of the canal, everyone wanted to include these so visitors could compare the ‘before and after’ views. Jonty Clark, an artist based in York, was commissioned to create both a map of the canal and 10 detailed wildlife illustrations.
New research was included in the scheme, mostly carried out by Trevor, a volunteer who visited archives over the country to collect more information about the building of the canal and of those people who used it.
The project group wanted to make sure the new signs were bright and engaging, while not being a ‘garish’ addition to the canal. Green is the most prominent colour for this reason, as this is the main colour you’d see when you visit the canal.
The group consisted of Canal & River Trust, Natural England, Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and the East & North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership. The scheme itself was designed and created by PLB Ltd.
Pocklington Canal – a gem in the landscape has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be restoring Church Bridge and Swing Bridge No 7, restoring the special wildlife habitats along the canal and running a series of exciting community events and activities to showcase the rich heritage of this idyllic rural East Yorkshire canal.See more blogs from this author