River Anton, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust


Signage & Interpretation Design for River Anton


The River Anton is one of Andover's most important natural features. It's a chalk stream fed by water of exceptionally high quality, and a tributary of the River Test. It supports a rich and diverse array of wildlife and provides a delightful green corridor through the town. However, due to historic development along its banks and poor river management, the River Anton has degraded in places, affecting the wildlife and decreasing its amenity value.

Project Motivation

To help restore the river, the River Anton Enhancement Strategy has been devised, bringing the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Test Valley Borough Council, The Environment Agency and Hampshire County Council together, working in partnership to undertake collaborative works that will inform, steer and deliver real improvements to the river corridor.

In addition to surveys and practical restoration works, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and their partners identified that raising the profile of the river to the local community and increasing the level of public awareness would be key to the long-term success of the project. They agreed that interpretive signage along a way marked trail the 'River Anton Way' would be an ideal method to educate and inform people about the river and its historical and ecological significance.


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust contacted several companies about signage, however few offered the breadth of services, quality and capability to meet their purchasing criteria.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust were looking for a sign company that could provide a robust, attractive, bespoke signage solution, comprising highly durable, vandal resistant displays, as well as expert design and mapping services.

After performing a comprehensive site survey Fitzpatrick Woolmer devised a solution including a range of signs from rustic oak legged displays to powder coated stainless steel Musketeer™ units. Custom-made curved profile header boards were attached to each unit, complementing the style and theme of the interpretive designs. Fitzpatrick Woolmer also produced an easy-to-interpret computer generated map, indicating the path of the river and the roads and buildings on either side.