The Outdoor Trust has enjoyed working closely with Julia Ionides and Peter Howells from The Dog Rose Trust charity for many years. Their charity specialised in accessible interpretation and together we developed the zinc embossed panel system that we use as standard to ensure people with visual and other sensory impairments can also benefit from information about our Walkways.
Tragically Julia died after a fall, just before Christmas 2015 and Peter and the Trustees took the difficult decision to wind the charity up. Although sad that our Dog Rose friends are not able to be with us physically on the journey any longer we remain committed to the joint aim of accessibility and inclusion in all our routes and information. As such, we are particularly grateful when yesterday the Trustees invited us to Ludlow and gave us a cheque to help us carry on their good work. We plan to use some of the money to update the accessibility of a couple of panels in London on the Jubilee Walkway and of course we will go on promoting the accessible technique with all our Walkway panels throughout the Commonwealth.
Julia and Peter provided their expertise to a wide range of projects over more than 20 years at the Trust. These included many city audio trails (including all of our Walkways in London) as well as many tactile models including the famous one of York and at the Palace of Westminster. Peter, an architect, and Julia, an architectural historian and author, had complementary skills and a huge enthusiasm that they warmly applied to benefit many thousands of people over the years. It has been our privilege not only to have known them both and been their friends but to have the honour to carry on their work.