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Book Launch-The Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills

As part of Festival of Archaeology (11th- 26th July) the Mendip Hills AONB is launching the new Historic England publication on the archaeology and architecture of the Mendip Hills. The morning event will take place on Thursday 23rd July at … Continue reading

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Newsletter June 2015

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Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers: Recruiting now!

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 14 to join its popular Young Ranger programme for 2015-2017. The two year programme provides a fantastic opportunity to find out about protected landscapes … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Now Recruiting!

Young Rangers Now Recruiting! – Deadline extended to Sunday 5th July! We are currently recruiting for our 6th intake of Young Rangers – please go to our Young Rangers page for more information about the scheme and for an application form.

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May and June

Farm Visits Our May session was one of contrast.  First we went to Fernhill Farm, where we were met by Jen.  We were taken on a tour of the farm, looking at the sheep and cattle, we visited their orchard … Continue reading

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March and April

Earth Science Centre We had a great visit to Somerset Earth Science Centre in East Mendips.  The day started with some hedge cutting and coppicing next to the centre and after lunch Juliette took us to visit Whatley Quarry.  We … Continue reading

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January and February

Archery and Wells Museum Our trip this month was down to Wells for some archery and a visit to the Wells Museum. From a snowy start at Charterhouse, the weather improved as we went down the hill to Wells.  The … Continue reading

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Now Recruiting for 2015-2017!

NOW RECRUITING FOR 2015-2017 ! We are delighted to announce that further to another successful programme, the Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 14 to join its next two-year Young Ranger … Continue reading

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Cheddar Walking Making Great Strides

Cheddar is ‘making great strides’ towards becoming a Walkers Are Welcome village thanks to the support of the community, according to the chairman of Cheddar Walking, Huw Robson. Cheddar Walking, was set up following a well-attended meeting where a number … Continue reading

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Newsletter May 2015

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More Fingerposts Restored

Mendip Hills traditional highway fingerpost signage restoration The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is nationally recognised for its landscape quality. The designation recognises the importance of heritage and reinforces the need to protect and manage historic features. … Continue reading

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Recruiting Young Rangers

NOW RECRUITING FOR 2015-2017 ! We are delighted to announce that further to another successful programme, the Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 14 to join its next two-year Young Ranger … Continue reading

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Art in the Landscape: Free event

Art in the Landscape: Free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – Thursday 28th May The landscape not only provides inspiration for art but also the materials to do it with. Come along to this … Continue reading

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Starfish Film Premiere

Premiere of Black Down’s WWII ‘Starfish’ film Over sixty people attended the World Premiere of ‘Starfish’ on Saturday 9th May at Blagdon Village Club. The Children of Blagdon Primary school with help from Ruth Coleman (Starfish Producer) and Biggerhouse Film, visited … Continue reading

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Responsible Dog Walkers Welcome

Mendip Hills AONB welcomes responsible dog walkers Spring is here and people are out enjoying the natural beauty of the Mendip Hills. Many of the most visited sites are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, being managed for their nationally important … Continue reading

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Sculpture Design Competition

Under 20 years old?  Sculpture Design Competition deadline is coming up on Monday 18th May! ALL entrants will be exhibited at Black Swan Arts Centre Frome alongside leading local and international artists. The winner gets to make their sculpture in … Continue reading

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Looking through the Lens

Looking through the Lens is a free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on  Sunday 17th May Join local photographer Caroline Shipsey for a wander around Black Down and the Burrington Commons to seek out … Continue reading

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Newsletter April 2015

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Secrets of Starfish

The Mendip Hills AONB’s Discovering Black Down Project has been researching ‘Starfish’ a World War II nationwide top secret project to create decoy towns to lure away German bombers from bombing cities like Bristol. A ‘Decoy Day’ drop-in event on … Continue reading

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Westbury Society Meeting

Thursday 23rd April 7.30pm Somerset’s National Nature Reserves – the Mendips and beyond. The speaker is Simon Clarke, who manages Rodney Stoke Woods, Ebbor Gorge and other reserves for Natural England. Westbury Village Hall, Adults £2, under 16 free This … Continue reading

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Newsletter March 2015

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Mendip Hills Fund – awards grants

The 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 … Continue reading

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Newsletter February 2015

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A Winter Wander

A Winter Wander: Free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – Saturday 28th February 10.00am to 1.00pm Join the Discovering Black Down Project Officer on a winter walk around Black Down and the Burrington Commons. … Continue reading

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Visitor Guide 2015

Our new Visitor Guide 2015 is ready to download and will be delivered to our stockists in and around the Mendip Hills AONB over the next few weeks.

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Discovering Black Down

Get further information about all the following from Discovering Black Down Newsletter Look at Lichens Thursday 19th February A Winter Wander Sunday 28th February Unearthing the Hidden History Thursday 12th March Starfish Tuesday 24th March Photography Competition

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Cheddar- Walkers are Welcome

Tourism businesses are invited to a meeting on Tuesday 24th February to consider the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ scheme for Cheddar. Cheddar is an ideal contender to become a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ village being adjacent to both the Mendip Hills Area … Continue reading

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The Alfred Jewel

The Alfred Jewel is back in Somerset after 297 years, but only for a month! It’s on display at the Museum of Somerset, and there are various events associated with the exhibition   “The Alfred Jewel is an Anglo-Saxon artefact … Continue reading

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Newsletter January 2015

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Black Down and Burrington Ham – Photograph competition

The Discovering Black Down Project photography competition has been launched and is open for entries until 31st October 2015. People are invited to take photographs of the wildlife, landscape and historic features of Black Down and Burrington Commons to celebrate … Continue reading

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