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Can you help decide who will get grants from the Mendip Hills Fund?

Local people with a good understanding of either the environment, the needs of the community and business, or a combination of them all are asked to become members of the Mendip Hills Fund panel. The Mendip Hills Fund distributes grants … Continue reading

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New Award to thank Mendip Hills AONB Volunteers

Two volunteers have been recognised with a new award for their amazing contribution to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Jean Bullen and Royette Chapman have been volunteering since 1998 to help conserve and enhance the Mendip Hills … Continue reading

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Ultramarathon Donation to the Mendip Hills Fund

Ultramarathon Donation to the Mendip Hills Fund Runners of this years Butcombe Trail Ultramarathon donate over £500 to the Mendip Hills Fund that helps the environment and communities across this special area. The Butcombe Trail Ultramarathon is 48 miles of … Continue reading

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Success for a Wide Range of Projects that Benefit the Mendip Hills

The Mendip Hills Fund has awarded six grants to a range of community and environmental projects. The Mendip Society will be able improve their woodland in the Chew Valley. A nationally important archaeological dig that is unearthing new discoveries in … Continue reading

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At last! Annual Review 2015-2016 Phew!

Discovering a Special Year The Mendip Hills AONB Annual Review for 2015-16 has been published. It documents an amazing 2100 hours of volunteer effort put into improving this special area by the Mendip Hills AONB volunteers and 25 popular visitor … Continue reading

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A Rockumentary – 450 million years in the making

Mendip Rocks! Festival 17th September – 29th October 2016 This year we have six weeks of rocky inspired events to celebrate the 450 million year geological history of the Mendip Hills. Events for all; family fundays, guided walks, and tours of … Continue reading

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Over 200 people!

  Over 200 people attended our Outstanding Week events!           September has always been an outstanding month in our countryside with harvests being brought safely home, trees and meadows taking on their autumnal colours, skies offering … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! Festival begins!

Saturday 17th September 10am –4pm Mendip Rocks! Festival Launch Family Funday Frome Museum Hands-on activities provided by our Mendip Rocks! Festival team. Fun family activities to inspire you about our rocky world and tempt you to come along to our … Continue reading

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Burrington Combe Family Fun Day

Burrington Combe Family Fun Day : Free Mendip Rocks! Festival event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – Sunday 18th September Have a go at orienteering around Burrington Ham and learn how to use a map … Continue reading

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Mendip Hills Fund Open

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE MENDIP HILLS Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the latest grant round for the Mendip Hills Fund is now open for applications. Grant funding of up to … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Family Funday Frome

Mendip Rocks! 2016 – Festival Launch Family Funday – Frome Museum Saturday September 17th 10am – 4pm Free Event – Donations welcome – Tours charged Frome Museum , 1 North Parade, Frome, BA11 1AT Cheese and Grain free car park. Hands-on activities provided by … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Family Funday Burrington Combe

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Burrington Combe  Family Funday Sunday September 18th 1pm – 4pm Free event – donations welcome A funday for all the family exploring Burrington Ham’s geological history with Mendip Hill’s AONB team. Come along and join the wild trail … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Cave and Follies Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Caves History tour Tuesday September 20th 2.30pm-5pm £10 per person Children (over 7 only please) Free   Introductory film and guided tour to see the fascinating caves and follies with cave historian John Haynes. Some … Continue reading

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Mendip Rock! 2016 Ubley Warren

Mendip Rocks 2016! Practical Task  Drystone Walling Ubley Warren  Wednesday September 21st 10.30 – 3.30 Join West Mendip Conservation Volunteers for a day of drystone walling at Ubley Warren Nature Reserve. No previous experience necessary, training will be provided. Task … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Mini Bus Quarry Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Twilight Whatley Quarry Tour Wednesday September 21st 5.30 – 7.30 £5 per person   Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moon’s Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU A guided minibus tour to see the vast working quarry at … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Bleadon Hill Walk

Bleadon Hill and Western Mendips Walk  Thursday 22nd September  11am – 3pm Free Event – Donations welcome Bleadon Hill Car Park ST 358 578   Guided walk exploring the limestone landscapes of Bleadon Hill and Shiplait Slait, both nationally rare … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Cave and Follies Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Caves History tour Saturday September 24th 2.30pm-5pm £10 per person Children (over 7 only please) Free   Introductory film and guided tour to see the fascinating caves and follies with cave historian John Haynes. Some … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Cave and Follies Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Caves History tour Tuesday September 27th 2.30pm-5pm £10 per person Children (over 7 only please) Free   Introductory film and guided tour to see the fascinating caves and follies with cave historian John Haynes. Some … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks 2016! Wells Cathedral Green – A Story in Stone

Wells Cathedral Green – A Story in Stone  Wednesday September 28th 3.30pm-4.30pm Wells Museum, Wells Cathedral Green BA5 2 UE Free event – Donations welcome   A walk around Cathedral Green with Cathedral School geologist David Rowley to see range of building … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Mini Bus Quarry Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Twilight Whatley Quarry Tour Friday September 30th 5.30 – 7.30 £5 per person   Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moon’s Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU A guided minibus tour to see the vast working quarry at … Continue reading

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Mendip Hills Fund Open!

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE MENDIP HILLS Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the latest grant round for the Mendip Hills Fund is now open for applications. Grant funding of up to … Continue reading

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Discovering Black Down Holiday Activities

Free Family events in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) If you are looking for ideas on how to entertain the children during the long summer holidays, then why not bring them along to one of the … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! Festival Launch 2016

Mendip Rocks! Festival 2016 – Launch Event Wild Westbury Quarry Family Funday Saturday 16th July  2pm – 5pm Westbury Quarry, Stancombe Lane, Westbury-sub-Mendip BA5 1HT Guided walk at 2pm, bug hunts, clay critters, fossils and lots more for all ages. … Continue reading

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Newsletter June 2016

Newsletter June 2016 (PDF download 2MB)

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Volunteers Build New Boardwalk at East Harptree Woods

Volunteers celebrated the opening of a new boardwalk in East Harptree Woods on Wednesday 22nd June with a boardwalk shaped cake! The volunteers with the Mendip Hills AONB Unit built the new boardwalk on a footpath in East Harptree Woods … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Walk

Nature and Wellbeing Project Walk Wells Blue School Sports Centre Kennion Road, Wells Monday 20th June 10.15am Everyone welcome. You’ll be led by experienced Mendip Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – true) volunteers who will take you onto the West … Continue reading

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New Manager for the Mendip Hills AONB Unit

We’re very pleased to welcome Jim Hardcastle as the new manager of the Mendip Hills AONB Unit. Jim’s role will be to look after the team, coordinate the management plan for the area and help the AONB Partnership to run … Continue reading

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Newsletter May 2016

Newsletter May 2016 (PDF download 750KB)

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Weekend Events

Lead Mining History and Ecology on the Mendip Hills Saturday 14th May 2pm – 4pm Lead mining no longer takes place on the Mendips and old spoil heaps and mines are now home to some very rare habitats and species. … Continue reading

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