Restoration of traditional highway finger post signage – 2011 – 2015 The AONB Unit is undertaking work with the Highways Authorities to restore finger posts in the AONB. A Sustainable Development Fund grant in 2011/12 assisted towards the cost of restoring 10 Somerset County Council posts and adding a new collar with the name of the junction, the AONB name and logo and grid reference. This work helps raise awareness of the AONB and assist visitors to locate themselves. The unusual post near Tynings Farm, Black Down was restored in 2013. In May 2015 North Somerset Council restored 5 posts in Burrington and Blagdon with funding from the AONB Partnership and Blagdon Parish Council
Greentraveller Guide to the Mendip Hills AONB The Greentraveller on-line guide to the Mendip Hills AONB was launched in 2013 and the Facebook campaign is now running. Greentraveller have already produced guides for a number of AONBs and National Parks that list where to stay, visitor attractions, eating out and activities. This work was part funded by a Sustainable Development Fund grant. A video promoting the Mendip Hills forms part of the on-line guide.
Somerset’s 360°s The Mendip Hills AONB Unit in partnership with Sedgemoor District Council, National Trust, Somerset Tourism Association (STA) and CPRE are encouraging people to climb Somerset’s landmark hills to enjoy the splendid expansive 360° views over the Somerset Levels. The project aims to improve people’s health, promote appreciation of landscape and benefit local businesses.
AONB Partnership Chairman Dawn Hill secured a grant of £4000 from Somerset County Councils Health and Well Being budget scheme for the project. A promotional video has been produced and is available on the 360° web page of the Visit Somerset web site with PDFs for each hill. The new Visit Somerset app includes a Visit Somerset’s 360°s button. Developing links with businesses continues to both promote the 360°s button and the businesses.
Burrington Combe public toilets – the AONB Unit continues to work with Burrington Parish Council and the landowner, Sir David Wills to retain these toilets since North Somerset withdrew funding. The AONB Unit funded installation of a donation box and information board outside the toilets notifying users of the need for public contributions. With local outdoor activity businesses pledges to contribute annually and the donation box income, the partners are confident of securing adequate funding to cover the annual cleaning and maintenance costs.
The Learning Zone is designed for schools, students, outdoor learning providers and visitors to inspire and support the discovery and exploration of this special place.
It includes a range of learning resources including factsheets, activities and ID guides, from the AONB and partner organisations, under the following themes:
- Cultural Heritage
- Land Management
- Natural Resources
There is a useful tool to search for resources by theme, curriculum subject and key stage as well as an interactive map. The Learning Zone is the place to find resources to help with a school or college project, find fun activities in the outdoors for young children or to find a walk taking in some of the fascinating sites of the Mendip Hills.