Photo AONB Unit above Burrington Combe

The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership

The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership brings together organisations and interests and provides a strategic and co-ordinated lead to the protection and enhancement of the AONB.

The AONB Partnership provides effective long term management to keep the Mendip Hills AONB special.

The Value of AONB Partnerships’ report by Land Use Consultants was commissioned by the National Association for AONBs (NAAONB). The NAAONB is using this document to support discussions with Government regarding future funding for AONBs. Value of AONB Partnerships’ Report (PDF Download 470KB).

In June 2015 the NAAONB and National Parks England published ‘So much more than the view’ (PDF Download 6MB) highlighting the wide range of benefits AONBs and NPs provide to society.

Management Plan

The Partnership produces a statutory Management Plan for the AONB – which provides both a strategic framework and a detailed Delivery Plan.

Supported by its specialist staff unit it:

• makes things happen, translating vision and national policy into local action.

• engages with local communities to foster their skills, knowledge and energy.

• provides value for money by securing additional funding, resources and project partners.

• uses innovative approaches to deliver real results through genuine collaboration.

• promotes sustainable rural growth, levering in a variety of income to protect and enhance the natural environment for the benefit of society and the economy.

Partnership Committee Members (PDF download 116KB)

Partnership Committee Terms of Reference (March 2015) (PDF Download 290KB)

Meeting Dates for 2017

November 16th 2017

A key item for the Partnership meetings is the Partnerships Annual Delivery Plan. Please see Partnership Documents.

The Partnership through the Mendip Hills AONB Unit coordinates a number of working groups to advise and develop initiatives in the AONB. Currently there is the Black Down Advisory Group, Mendip Rocks! Framework Steering Group, Mendip Hills Fund Advisory Panel and Burrington Combe Public Toilets Action Group.

AONB staff also contribute to the work of the West of England Local Nature Partnership and Somerset Local Nature Partnership both of which are currently considering locally determined Nature Improvement Areas (NIA) that include a potential Mendip Hills NIA.