Delivering the Messages
- 11,000 users downloaded the 18 free walk guides 34,000 times. The Visiting the Mendip Hills walks page of the AONB Unit website remains the most visited page.
- 947 Facebook Likes and 1393 Twitter followers. 250 Facebook posts published and 1200 tweets and retweets sent.
- Badge boxes retained at 14 businesses – £930 donations collected
- The AONB monthly e-newsletter has 342 subscribers with many continuing to follow links to further information.
- Mendip Hills Fund and Somerset 360°s Facebook pages continue to reach more people.
- 24 press releases on AONB issues and events were produced and circulated to the media.
The AONB Manager attended the NAAONB conference 2015. The Acting AONB manager attended the two day 2015 Lead Officers Meeting held in Birmingham.
The AONB Unit staff have attended meetings of the following:
- CPRE Somerset AGM
- Cheddar Walkers Are Welcome group
- Visit Somerset
- West of England Local Nature Partnership
- Western Power stakeholder engagement event
- West of England Local Enterprise Partnership RURAL Economy Sector group
- Heart of the Southwest Environment Group
- Action for Cultural Education in Somerset
- Western Power underground steering group.
The Mendip Hills Fund Visitor Giving Scheme
This got underway in April 2015 with Visitor Giving leaflet explaining the scheme produced and distributed to local tourism businesses. Five businesses are already signed up to ask their customers to make a voluntary donation to the Mendip Hills Fund.
Full Annual Review 2015-2016 (PDF download 2.5MB)