Mendip Hills Fund

The Mendip Hills Fund is a community fund set up to conserve and enhance the environment , communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.

It is a partnership between the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership and the Somerset Community Foundation.

For APPLICATIONS or to make a DONATION please go to the Somerset Community Foundation web site, call 01749 344949 or text AONB72 £3 (or any amount up to £10) to 70070

The Work of the Fund

The Mendip Hills Fund is supported by local businesses who have a badge box,  Visitor Giving schemes and event organisers.

Could your business help by having a badge box on the counter or in reception? Visitors make a donation for each badge and all the money goes to the Mendip Hills Fund.

The fund gave £6000 to local projects last year that help make the area look better and support community groups. An incredible £2200 has been raised through badge box donations!

Badges

Dormouse and Adder are available for a minimum donation of £1 each.

If you are a local business and would like to display one of the boxes to help raise funds please get in touch with us. Email us Mendip Hills AONB or ring 01761 462338

If you are a collector of pin badges and not in the area we can post badges to you and would ask for a donation to the Mendip Hills Fund via the Just Giving page of £1 per badge. Contact us with your postal address

WHERE CAN I GET A BADGE?

Visitor Giving Scheme  a Visitor Giving Scheme to raise income for the Mendip Hills Fund.

Current Members

Bath and West Country Walks
Gorge View Cottage
Mendip Outdoor Pursuits
Petruth Paddocks

If you are a local business and would like to find out more contact Jim Hardcastle or take a look at our Visitor Giving Information Leaflet

Mendip Society – Tania’s Wood 

Tania’s Wood Nature Reserve Map and Information

Andy Mallender Project Development Officer – “I was visiting the Mendip Society, a recipient of a Mendip Hills Fund grant, helping them put up Mendip Hills Fund signs to acknowledge the grant.

Mendip Hills AONB and Mendip Society volunteers joined forces to clear scrub and overhanging vegetation from an area to create a clearing for a seating circle and firepit for use by Forest School groups.

2016 Grants Awarded

  • The Mendip Society will be able to improve their woodland in the Chew Valley.
  • A nationally important archaeological dig is unearthing new discoveries in Ebbor Gorge needs to support their essential volunteers.
  • The Mendip Caving Group will be able to take younger groups caving thanks to improved facilities.
  • In Charley’s Memory helps people and their families struggling with mental health problems, they will be able to bring more groups out to enjoy the Mendip Hills.
  • Villagers in Stoke St. Michael will be able to have a wide variety of events all year round by buying two marquees.

2014/2015 Grants Awarded 

  • East Harptree Village Shop
  • Windsor Hill Wood
  • Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
  • Blagdonia
  • Step in stone