Mendip Hills Fund – awards grants

MHFLogoThe Mendip Hills Fund has awarded four grants to a range of community and environmental projects. Grants ranging from £500 to £ £1860 were awarded to; East Harptree Village Shop towards a new floor; Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers towards a brush cutter for conservation work they undertake on wildlife reserves in the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels; Somerset Wildlife Trust towards publication of a leaflet for Harridge Woods and for on- site leaflet dispensers; and Windsor Hill Wood, a residential community offering a place of refuge for people going through turbulence or crisis for purchase of trees, goats and lambs, fencing and other equipment.

Previous grant recipients are Blagdonia, a community group bringing together residents and organisations in Blagdon who received a grant towards their community mosaic panel and Somerset Art Works (SAW), an artistled non-profit making organisation dedicated to developing visual arts, for an art trail ‘step in stone’ around disused and working quarries in the East Mendips.

The Mendip Hills Fund is a partnership between Somerset Community Foundation and Mendip Hills AONB Partnership providing a community fund to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.

Funds are raised from businesses, residents and visitors who wish to give something back to this very special part of Somerset, helping to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, and benefit local communities. To donate visit www.somersetcf.org.uk

Notes to editors

Somerset Community Foundation is a registered charity established to strengthen communities, tackle disadvantage and transform people’s lives. Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded over £4m in grants to a wide range of causes throughout Somerset. More information is available from our website www.somersetcf.org.uk or by contacting Mary Hancock on 01749 344949 or mary.hancock@somersetcf.org.uk

Mendip Hills AONB Partnership is responsible for coordinating the management of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to conserve and enhance the natural beauty. The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership recognises that the AONB cannot be managed in isolation of the surrounding area and therefore has in Partnership with SCF set up the Mendip Hills Fund for the whole of the Mendip Hills not just the AONB.

Tel: 01761 462338 Email mendiphills@somerset.gov.uk

Mendip Hills AONB, Charterhouse Centre, Nr Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7XR

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