Sammy Fraser is the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Quantock Hills, Mendip Hills and Blackdown Hills, all nationally protected as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. She will be working with each AONB team to help people get involved in these special areas.
Sammy will coordinate the volunteers who regularly give up their time to conserve and enhance the areas they love through practical tasks at nature reserves or at public events that inspire others to get involved. She will be helping to organise all the tasks and finding new opportunities and training for the volunteers so they can develop personally. There are also unique groups like the young rangers on the Mendip Hills that Sammy will be looking after.
Sammy Fraser said, ‘I was amazed to discover that the volunteers with the Mendip Hills AONB did 2380 hours of effort last year. Volunteering is such a great thing for people to do and especially in such beautiful areas of Somerset. We know that providing opportunities for people to volunteer can improve their mental and physical health alongside improving wildlife habitats and making better access for visitors.’
This is a great example of the three AONBs in Somerset working together for the environment and for the community. Sammy will work two days a week in the Quantock and Mendip Hills and then one day a week in the Blackdown Hills.