The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership

What Does The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership Do?

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.

Staff Unit

The work of the AONB Partnership is supported by the employment of a small AONB Staff Unit, which is based at Charterhouse Centre. The work of the unit is guided by national AONB Core Functions. The primary purpose of the AONB Staff Unit is:

To provide a strategic, independent unit dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of the Mendip Hills AONB.

To co-ordinate and drive the implementation of the AONB Management Plan.

Who’s in the unit?

AONB ManagerJim Hardcastle
AONB Project Development OfficerTim Haselden
AONB Landscape Planning Officer (Thu/Fri) – Cindy Carter (Part-Time)
AONB Ranger Volunteer Coordinator – Lauren Holt
AONB Support & Communications Officer (Mon-Thu) – Sarah Catling (Part-Time)

Core Functions

a) Developing reviewing, preparing and publishing the AONB vision and the AONB Management Plan

b) Raising awareness of the AONB, and promoting the AONB vision and the management plan to help distinguish the AONB from adjacent countryside

c) Advising upon, facilitating and coordinating implementation by others of the Management Plan

d) Advising Local Authorities on their activities within  AONBs, to encourage them to go beyond normal levels of service to attain the highest possible standards in countryside management

e) Monitoring and reporting on progress against AONB Management Plan targets

f) Monitoring AONB landscape condition

g) Accessing resources for management activities

h) Working with and contributing to the NAAONB activities. Participating in and promoting joint working between AONBs and across protected landscapes family.

i) Providing a management role to co-ordinate AONB protection through the actions of the AONB unit, the AONB partnership and other partners at a local and strategic level.

j) Developing an involvement by the community in the management of the AONB

k)  Providing  landscape related planning advice

The specialist staff unit aims to:



Things happen, translating vision and national policy into local action.


With local communities to foster their skills, knowledge, and energy.



Value for money by securing additional funding, resources and project partners.


Innovative approaches to deliver real results through genuine collaboration.


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

The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership Committee

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

The Partnership through the Mendip Hills AONB Unit coordinates a number of working groups to advise and develop initiatives in the AONB. Currently, these comprise of Mendip Rocks!, Mendip Hills Fund Advisory Panel, Land Management Advisory Group and Access Group.

Partnership Committee Members (PDF Download 52KB)

Partnership Documents

Management Plan 2019-24

Terms of Reference 2018-21 (PDF Download 139KB)

Business Plan 2018-21 (PDF Download 485KB)

Relevant Documents

Colchester Declaration (PDF Download 482KB)

Glover Review (PDF Download 6MB)


Last Partnership Committee Meeting held on Thursday 21st March 2019

Venue: Ubley Parish Hall, The Street, Ubley, Bristol, BS40 6PN

Agenda (PDF Download 58KB)

Meeting Papers:
Paper A – OSG Report (PDF Download 58KB)
Paper B – Delivery Plan 2019-2024 (PDF Download 318KB)
Paper C – 2018-19 Activity Plan Feb (PDF Download 402KB)
Paper D – NAAONB Update (PDF Download 59KB)

Meeting Minutes


  • March (PDF Download 214KB)


  • November (PDF Download 3MB)
  • June (PDF Download 856KB)
  • March (PDF Download 742KB)



If you would like a copy of previous minutes please contact us.