News

News from Mendip Hills AONB.

DL2jDJPUIAAy3Oi

Mendip Hills AONB Partnership Meeting – 16/11/17

The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership Committee are set to meet on 16 November at Cheddar Caves, please come along if you can. Very pleased to announce Leon Troake from Cheddar Caves will be talking to the Partnership about the new attractions … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Blade Shearing contest Fernhill Farm Mendip Hills AONB

British Blade Shearing Record Set on the Mendip Hills

A new British record was set for blade-shearing sheep on Saturday 30th September 2017 at Fernhill Farm on the Mendip Hills. A back-breaking 397 lambs were shorn in 9 hours, roughly 1.4 sheep every minute by two Welsh shearers Gareth … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
The Mendip Hills Fund supported this art project in Blagdon.

The Fund that Helps the Hills is Open for Applications During October

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit and Somerset Community Foundation are pleased to announce that the latest grant round for the Mendip Hills Fund is open for applications from 1st – 31st October. Grant funding of up to £2,000 is available … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
WP_20170905_11_08_29_Pro

National Grid Volunteers Help the Hills

The whole of National Grid’s Project Development team undertook a Corporate Volunteering day with us recently. It was an opportunity to give something back to the communities and environment that will be impacted by their Hinkley Point 400kV Cable project … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Mendip Rocks 2017 Icon

Rocktober Rolls Closer

Rocktober is about to roll onto the scene! There will be a whole month of events to celebrate the 450 million year geological history of the Mendip Hills. There will be events for all; cave visits, family fundays, guided walks, … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Mendip Hills AONB Young Ranger Camp Switzerland 1

Mendip Hills Young Rangers Visit Switzerland Europarc Camp 2017

Each year young rangers from across Europe gather to share experiences and learn from each other. Hopefully these young people will become environmental decision makers in the future and will have a broader understanding of countryside management and the communities … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Ad2

Young Ranger Assistant Volunteer Vacancy

The Mendip Hills AONB team are looking for an enthusiastic and engaging volunteer to help provide general support for the scheme and its leader, helping to run the monthly activities with the Young Rangers and helping any of the Young … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
AR 16 17 poster

Despite the Changes: Annual Review 2016 -17

2016 -17 can be characterised by a period of change for the Mendip Hills AONB Unit, despite the staff changes they continued to engage with a wide variety of people to protect and enhance the Mendip Hills. The new AONB Unit … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Mendip Hills AONB work experience

Two Students Live a Week in the Life of an AONB Unit

What does an AONB Unit do? We’ve had two students from local schools with us this week. They spent a day with each of our team members to discover the variety of ways we help keep the Mendip Hills special. … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Contact Jo Shepherd for permissions.

Somerset Hedge Group

Photographic Competition 2017  Hedgerow Trees The Somerset Hedge Group has launched its 2017 digital photographic competition.  The competition follows successful competitions held every two years since 2008.  Winners will receive cash prizes at a presentation evening in November 2017. With … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Bracken shredded

Brackenburn – a Growing Success Story

If you know Black Down and Burrington Ham you’ll know that the bracken has been harvested from this site in August. But what happens to the bracken? Jim Hardcastle, AONB Unit Manager, delves into another way the Mendip Hills are … Continue reading

Posted in News | Tagged , | Leave a comment
Young rangers in woodland Mendip Hills AONB unit

7 Reasons to Be a Young Ranger

As part of National Volunteering Week (1-7 June) we asked one of our own Young Rangers to give us 7 reasons why you should volunteer as a Young Ranger or with any group that gets outside.   1 Exercise I … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Young Rangers

Young Ranger Recruitment – Deadline 12th June 2017

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit are looking for 15 adventurous young people who love the outdoors and who want to be part of a special group of Young Rangers. They will get a taste for what it’s like to look … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
StoberryParkSchoolEbborGorge20162SM

Art Exhibition – Inspiration – Mendip Hills AONB!

Tuesday 30th May 2017 10am-12pm Yeo Valley Headquarters Rhodyate Blagdon North Somerset BS40 7YE Come and see beautiful photographs and artwork from the children of Stoberry Park Primary School all inspired by the Mendip Hills. Canteen open 10.30-12 for cakes … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Framing the Landscape

Rock Walk and Cave Art

Free event at Ebbor Gorge in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – 1.00pm – 4.00pm Sunday 21st May. Part of Naturally Healthy Month Create your own cave painting using pigments made from local soils. Come along any time … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Young Rangers

Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers: Now recruiting!

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit are looking for 15 adventurous young people who love the outdoors and who want to be part of a special group of Young Rangers. They will get a taste for what it’s like to look … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
AONB activities

Bank Holiday Monday May Fayre

Shipham May Fayre will take place on the Village Green, The Square, Shipham on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May and Mendip Hills AONB will have a stand at the Fayre supported by our Mendip Hills AONB Volunteers. The stand will … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
DEFRAsm

Building a Great Future – DEFRA Invitation

Please be aware- all planned stakeholder workshops on food, farming and fishing have been postponed until after the general election on June 8th Defra recognise this is very short notice to change plans and apologise for any inconvenience that this … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Sammy

A new Volunteer Coordinator has started across the Hills of Somerset

Sammy Fraser is the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Quantock Hills, Mendip Hills and Blackdown Hills, all nationally protected as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. She will be working with each AONB team to help people get involved in these … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
MHFBadgeBox2017a

Dormouse and Adder recruited by Mendip Hills Fund!

We have recruited a dormouse and an adder to help raise money for the Mendip Hills Fund! Could your business help by having a badge box on the counter or in reception? Visitors make a donation for each badge and … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Camping

Rural Tourism Business in Somerset?

New RDPE funding opportunity for rural tourism infrastructure projects in Somerset. Funding is available to support the costs of capital expenditure on rural tourism infrastructure. So if you are planning a project please consider whether your business/organisation might be a … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
RDPEarticle2

£1.4m Rural Business Grants Available

The Rural Growth Programme for the West of England LEP is now open for applications. This is grant funding for projects which create jobs and growth in the rural economy. The rural business grants will provide funds for business projects … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
Cindy2

New Eyes on the View

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit has new eyes on the view from February 1st. Cindy Carter is the unit’s new Landscape Planning Officer. A key role of the AONB Unit is to comment on planning applications in and around the … Continue reading

Posted in News | Leave a comment
volcoord

Job Vacancy – Volunteer Coordinator

  Mendip Hills AONB, Quantock Hills AONB  and Blackdown Hills AONB need a new Volunteer Coordinator – Full time – Closing date 2nd February 2017 – sound good? please apply here

Posted in News | Leave a comment
mhfnewsdec16

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

Posted in News | Leave a comment
2016-volunteer-award-mendip-hills-aonb

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

Posted in News | Leave a comment
butcombeultra

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

Posted in News | Leave a comment
mhftaniaswoodvols

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

Posted in News | Leave a comment
news2

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

Posted in News | Leave a comment
lets-rock-rock-quiz-4

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

Posted in News | Leave a comment