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More Fingerposts Restored

Mendip Hills traditional highway fingerpost signage restoration The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is nationally recognised for its landscape quality. The designation recognises the importance of heritage and reinforces the need to protect and manage historic features. … Continue reading

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Recruiting Young Rangers

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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Art in the Landscape: Free event

Art in the Landscape: Free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – Thursday 28th May The landscape not only provides inspiration for art but also the materials to do it with. Come along to this … Continue reading

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Starfish Film Premiere

Premiere of Black Down’s WWII ‘Starfish’ film Over sixty people attended the World Premiere of ‘Starfish’ on Saturday 9th May at Blagdon Village Club. The Children of Blagdon Primary school with help from Ruth Coleman (Starfish Producer) and Biggerhouse Film, visited … Continue reading

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Responsible Dog Walkers Welcome

Mendip Hills AONB welcomes responsible dog walkers Spring is here and people are out enjoying the natural beauty of the Mendip Hills. Many of the most visited sites are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, being managed for their nationally important … Continue reading

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Sculpture Design Competition

Under 20 years old?  Sculpture Design Competition deadline is coming up on Monday 18th May! ALL entrants will be exhibited at Black Swan Arts Centre Frome alongside leading local and international artists. The winner gets to make their sculpture in … Continue reading

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Looking through the Lens

Looking through the Lens is a free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on  Sunday 17th May Join local photographer Caroline Shipsey for a wander around Black Down and the Burrington Commons to seek out … Continue reading

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Secrets of Starfish

The Mendip Hills AONB’s Discovering Black Down Project has been researching ‘Starfish’ a World War II nationwide top secret project to create decoy towns to lure away German bombers from bombing cities like Bristol. A ‘Decoy Day’ drop-in event on … Continue reading

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Westbury Society Meeting

Thursday 23rd April 7.30pm Somerset’s National Nature Reserves – the Mendips and beyond. The speaker is Simon Clarke, who manages Rodney Stoke Woods, Ebbor Gorge and other reserves for Natural England. Westbury Village Hall, Adults £2, under 16 free This … Continue reading

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Mendip Hills Fund – awards grants

The Mendip Hills Fund has awarded four grants to a range of community and environmental projects. Grants ranging from £500 to £ £1860 were awarded to; East Harptree Village Shop towards a new floor; Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers towards a brush … Continue reading

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A Winter Wander

A Winter Wander: Free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – Saturday 28th February 10.00am to 1.00pm Join the Discovering Black Down Project Officer on a winter walk around Black Down and the Burrington Commons. … Continue reading

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Visitor Guide 2015

Our new Visitor Guide 2015 is ready to download and will be delivered to our stockists in and around the Mendip Hills AONB over the next few weeks.

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Discovering Black Down

Get further information about all the following from Discovering Black Down Newsletter Look at Lichens Thursday 19th February A Winter Wander Sunday 28th February Unearthing the Hidden History Thursday 12th March Starfish Tuesday 24th March Photography Competition

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Cheddar- Walkers are Welcome

Tourism businesses are invited to a meeting on Tuesday 24th February to consider the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ scheme for Cheddar. Cheddar is an ideal contender to become a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ village being adjacent to both the Mendip Hills Area … Continue reading

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The Alfred Jewel

The Alfred Jewel is back in Somerset after 297 years, but only for a month! It’s on display at the Museum of Somerset, and there are various events associated with the exhibition   “The Alfred Jewel is an Anglo-Saxon artefact … Continue reading

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Black Down and Burrington Ham – Photograph competition

The Discovering Black Down Project photography competition has been launched and is open for entries until 31st October 2015. People are invited to take photographs of the wildlife, landscape and historic features of Black Down and Burrington Commons to celebrate … Continue reading

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Dog walkers urged to keep dogs under control

Dog walkers urged to keep dogs under control on Burrington Ham Commons Following a number of recent incidents of dogs attacking cattle and a significant increase in dog fouling, dog walkers are being urged to keep their dogs under close … Continue reading

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Coppicing on the Common-CANCELLED

EVENT CANCELLED SORRY -Coppicing on the Common: Free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – Saturday 10th January Keen to get some fresh air and exercise after the Christmas excesses? If so why not come … Continue reading

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Unearthing the hidden history of Burrington Commons

The Mendip Hills AONB’s Discovering Black Down Project is starting to research the history of land use of Burrington Commons, from modern times all the way back to prehistory and is seeking personal stories and information from the Commoners or … Continue reading

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Young Rangers October and November

October – Landscape Detectives We were joined by Rachel Shaw who took us on a journey of discovery about the history of Charterhouse. Everyone dressed up as a character from the past and found out how todays landscape was influenced … Continue reading

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Practical Tasks Volunteers

Mendip Rocks! Festival As a part of this year’s Mendip Rocks! Events the AONB ran two days of practical conservation tasks with our practical tasks volunteers joined by other conservation volunteers. Firstly helping restore a section of wall on Wavering … Continue reading

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Mendip Hills Fund – awards its first grants

The Mendip Hills Fund has awarded its first grants. Blagdonia is a community group bringing together residents and organisations in Blagdon and has been awarded £1600 towards their community mosaic panel reflecting different aspects of their village to be installed … Continue reading

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Volunteer Ranger Training Day

Volunteer Ranger Training Day, 12th October 2014. A  group of our Volunteer Rangers had a day finding out about some places they don’t usually visit whilst on a site duty, and met the people involved in managing those areas. We … Continue reading

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Young Rangers September

On Saturday the 20th of September we went to Hewish we left at 9pm instead of 10 am so we could have more fun earlier on in the day. All of us scrambled in the mini bus and got sett … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks ! – Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole Wander

Mendip Rocks ! – Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole Wander guided walk On Thursday 30 October from 10am -2pm join this 4 mile circular walk and discover the striking limestone scenery, woodlands and wildlife of the south western slopes of … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks ! – Blagdon and Burrington Ham guided walk

On Wednesday 15 October from 10am -2pm join this 5 mile circular walk and discover the fascinating geology, history and wildlife of Burrington Ham and the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This event, … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! Events

Dry stone walling on Wavering Down On Wednesday 8th October a group of volunteers will be learning the art of dry stone walling on Wavering Down in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) . This event is … Continue reading

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‘Rock Faces’ screen night at Nunney

On Saturday 4th October 6.30pm- 8.30pm historic images showing the workings of local quarries will be projected at Castle Hill Quarry, Nunney. The images to be shown are just a selection of the huge collection of photographs dating back to … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks!

Mendip Rocks! Festival 2014 The Mendip Rocks! Festival now in its 4th year runs 27th September – 30th October and includes guided walks, family activity days, quarry tours, talks, and practical conservation activities. Full programme available on the Somerset Trust Wildlife web … Continue reading

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Rock Faces

Saturday 4 October  6.30pm – 8.30 pm Rock Faces Castle Hill Quarry Nunney Dramatic projection of historical images of local quarries onto quarry face Free event – donations to the Mendip Hills Fund Outdoors – bring a rug, brolly and … Continue reading

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