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News from Mendip Hills AONB.

Young Rangers Caving

When we all got to Charterhouse Andy and Andy took us into a shed with lots of caving equipment. They got us all kitted up with; A boiler suit, a belt (so that they could attach a karabiner if they … Continue reading

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A call has gone out across Cheddar…

Volunteers wanted to welcome visitors to Cheddar A call has gone out across Cheddar and the surrounding area for volunteers to work with the National Trust, offering a warm welcome and helpful information to people visiting the village. The National … Continue reading

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Young Rangers NOV2015

First Aid In November we had an important session, learning about 1st aid. The group had a go at bandaging, slings, cpr and the recovery position. They even had the chance to transport someone on a stretcher and put an … Continue reading

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Young Rangers OCT2015

Caving and John Muir Continuing our team building and ‘get to know you’ theme from September, in October we went caving in Goatchurch. We split into 2 groups, the more adventurous ones climbing down into the cave and the rest … Continue reading

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Young Rangers SEP2015

Saturday 19th September Our first meeting. The first thing we did was true and false. After that we did nose jousting which is amazingly fun. We all did some more team games including “the magic stick”. Then we when for … Continue reading

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Tourism Businesses

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) tourism businesses On Monday 16th November Mendip Hills AONB with Visit Somerset are holding an event at Yeo Valley HQ, Blagdon for tourism businesses. If you are a business that is directly … Continue reading

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Cheddar Gorge Guided Walk

Thurs 29 Oct   10am – 1pm Cheddar Gorge Guided Walk A walk with the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Volunteer Rangers exploring England’s largest gorge with its weathered crags and pinnacles – one of our most spectacular natural … Continue reading

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Tourism Businesses Event

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) tourism businesses On 16th November Mendip Hills AONB with Visit Somerset are holding an event at Yeo Valley HQ, Blagdon for tourism businesses. Visitors love visiting beautiful places – whether for a … Continue reading

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Artumnal Autumn

Artumnal Autumn: Free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Looking for something to do during the October half term, then why not come along on Thursday 29th October at 1.00pm and join a wild art … Continue reading

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First day for Young Rangers

Saturday 19th September marked the start of a new Young Ranger programme for 2015-2017 with get to know you games and team tasks before the Young Rangers went exploring our local Blackmoor Reserve. A great time was had by all … Continue reading

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Path repairs to protect Black Down

Path repairs to protect Black Down archaeology and heathland Work is underway to repair a badly eroded path and prevent damage to valuable archaeology and heathland on Black Down in the heart of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! Practical Conservation days

Mendip Rocks! Mendip Hills AONB Practical Conservation days As part of Mendip Rocks! Festival 2015, Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit is offering practical two rock related conservation volunteer task days. On Wednesday 7th October at Westbury … Continue reading

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Outstanding Week!

Outstanding Week 19th- 27th September – a wide range of activities in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty across the country. Here are the details of one of them taking place in the Mendip Hills AONB: Starfish Wednesday 23 September 10.00am … Continue reading

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Little Legs Needed!

Chew Valley Lake to the top of Knowle Hill – Welly Walk Sunday 20 September 10am-12pm As part of  Outstanding Week 19th- 27th September join the Mendip Hills AONB Volunteer Rangers for a 2 ½ mile walk from Chew Valley Lake to the top … Continue reading

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Cheddar Walking

Cheddar Walking – officially launched The official launch of Cheddar Walking took place Friday 4th September outside the National Trust shop and Tourist Information Centre in Cheddar Gorge. Following speeches from Huw Robson Cheddar Walking Chairman, Sam Philips Chairman Walkers … Continue reading

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Bats About Burrington

Bats About Burrington – Free event on Black Down in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) On Friday 11th September from 7.30pm -10.00pm come and discover the fascinating nocturnal world of Burrington Combe and Black Down. Join … Continue reading

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An Outstanding Week in September!

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 a full palette of hues, musky bonfires lingering in the evening air and a … Continue reading

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Cheddar Walkers are Welcome Start!

Cheddar Walking – 5th Sept Cheddar Gorge and Reservoir guided walks Cheddar Walking Group is celebrating being awarded the national ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ accreditation with two free guided walks on Saturday 5th September. Only the fifth community in Somerset to … Continue reading

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Strawberry Line

Temporary closure of Strawberry Line September 2015 – the Strawberry Line will be closed for a while in September 2015 and then shared with construction traffic until March 2016 – please see Advance Notice from North Somerset Council.

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Young Ranger Celebration

The 2013-15 Young Ranger programme finished with a bushcraft activity day at Fernhill Farm followed by a celebration barbecue for the Young Rangers and their families. AONB Partnership Chairman joined the group for the celebrations and was delighted to award … Continue reading

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Discovering Black Down Holiday Activities

Free events to discover Black Down and the Burrington Commons 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 … Continue reading

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Historic Landscape Book Launched!

Cheddar Gorge hosts launch of ‘Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills’ book On Thursday 23rd July, Elaine Jamieson, the author of the new Historic England publication ‘Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills’ will be speaking at the launch event at … Continue reading

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Book Launch-The Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills

As part of Festival of Archaeology (11th- 26th July) the Mendip Hills AONB is launching the new Historic England publication on the archaeology and architecture of the Mendip Hills. The morning event will take place on Thursday 23rd July at … Continue reading

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Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers: Recruiting now!

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 14 to join its popular Young Ranger programme for 2015-2017. The two year programme provides a fantastic opportunity to find out about protected landscapes … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Now Recruiting!

Young Rangers Now Recruiting! – Deadline extended to Sunday 5th July! We are currently recruiting for our 6th intake of Young Rangers – please go to our Young Rangers page for more information about the scheme and for an application form.

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May and June

Farm Visits Our May session was one of contrast.  First we went to Fernhill Farm, where we were met by Jen.  We were taken on a tour of the farm, looking at the sheep and cattle, we visited their orchard … Continue reading

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March and April

Earth Science Centre We had a great visit to Somerset Earth Science Centre in East Mendips.  The day started with some hedge cutting and coppicing next to the centre and after lunch Juliette took us to visit Whatley Quarry.  We … Continue reading

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January and February

Archery and Wells Museum Our trip this month was down to Wells for some archery and a visit to the Wells Museum. From a snowy start at Charterhouse, the weather improved as we went down the hill to Wells.  The … Continue reading

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Now Recruiting for 2015-2017!

NOW RECRUITING FOR 2015-2017 ! We are delighted to announce that further to another successful programme, the Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 14 to join its next two-year Young Ranger … Continue reading

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Cheddar Walking Making Great Strides

Cheddar is ‘making great strides’ towards becoming a Walkers Are Welcome village thanks to the support of the community, according to the chairman of Cheddar Walking, Huw Robson. Cheddar Walking, was set up following a well-attended meeting where a number … Continue reading

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