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 website, 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 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!


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


Visitor Giving Scheme  a scheme to raise income for the Mendip Hills Fund through voluntary contributions from visitors, take a look at out Visitor Giving Information Guide for more details.

Current Members

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

Event Organisers – donations made from event entries helping to raise income for the Mendip Hills Fund.

Current Supporters

Butcombe Trail Ultra Marathon, Town and Country Harriers
The Big Cheese, Cheddar Running Club
Great Weston Ride
Mendip Muddle, Weston Athletic Club

If you are a local business or an event organiser and would like more information on how to support the fund please contact Jim Hardcastle or Sarah Catling.


2017 Grants Awarded

  • East Harptree School Environment Club – equipment; waterproofs, rucksacks, bow saws, waterproof note books, identification books, nets, cameras, clip boards, storage boxes, steel flasks, plastic ID trays, head torches £1288
  • Blagdon Orchard Group – design of a book to celebrate their community orchard. £500
  • St Andrews Church, Blagdon – architects fees for restoration of Grade II Listed lychgate £500
  • Blagdon Primary School – weekly forest school activities £700
  • Osprey Outdoors – conservation volunteering for mental health service users, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clients, long term unemployed £1973
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust – interpretation board for Mascall’s Wood Cheddar £500

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.

Project Update

Osprey Outdoors

Osprey Outdoors is a not for profit, Community Interest Company based in North Somerset.

We are a people focused organisation.  We use the natural environment and outdoor skills to engage people, to help them learn and develop, to gain confidence as an individual and in a team.

The fund has enabled them to travel to sites including Helenge Hill, Draycott Sleights, Burrington and Blackmoor Reserve to work on a programme of limestone grassland maintenance.