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A taste of the Marsh Arabs in Lancashire

June 7, 2009

The Brockholes Wetland and Woodland Nature Reserve, Samlesbury is to get a distinctly Iraqi look.

The site is set for a visitor attraction designed to look like the famous Marshlands of Southern Iraq and follows the centre’s winning of £8m of funding from the North West Development agency.

The marshes were portrayed in the book of the same name by the travel writer Wilfred Thieseger but many were forced to flee the area after Saddam Hussein instigated drainage schemes which devastated their traditional homeland.

The wetlands will be given a floating home design by architect Adam Khan who says that the scheme will be sustainable and carbon neutral.

Work will begin this year and will be open to the public during 2011

Source-Lancashire Telegraph

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