New SDF Panel Members

Tuesday 14th February 2012

Following a recent public appeal for new Panel members for the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) SDF Panel, 3 new people have been recruited from Cheddar, Westbury Sub Mendip and National Trust, with experience of community arts and land management.

They now form part of the eight member Panel representing business, community and environmental interests. The four panel members that have served more than two years have confirmed their willingness to remain on the Panel for 2012/13. However if others are interested in applying to become a Panel member they are invited to do so.

The SDF is funded by Defra to provide grants for projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits to the AONB. The first deadline for applications for 2012/13 grants is 5th March 2012.

The SDF Panel has awarded £453,486 in grants since 2005/6. This year grants include those awarded to the Hawk and Owl Trust bird awareness project, Avon Wildlife Trust’s Landscape Explorer project working with Bishop Sutton school children, and Wells and Mendip Museum with Somerset Wildlife Trust for Mendip Rocks and Festival of Archaeology events.

A list of current Panel members and further details about the SDF are available on If you are interested in being considered for the panel, email with a short statement stating experience, your interest in the Mendip Hills AONB and contact details, by Monday 5th March.