The Quantock Hills AONB Service has developed over the last 25 years protecting and enhancing the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The AONB service works on behalf of the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) to develop and deliver a five-yearly statutory Management Plan.
An Officers Working Group (OWG), made up of representatives of local authorities and Forestry Commission, form a working group for the AONB Service and monitor progress against the Management Plan.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Somerset County Council and the District Councils (Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor, West Somerset) all contribute financially as well as guiding the work of the AONB Service through the JAC and OWG.
The AONB Service works to look after the historic landscape and wildlife, advise visitors, assist and advise farmers and landowners and to ensure enhanced levels of service for the AONB. Much of the work of the AONB Service is undertaken in partnership with other organisations such as The Forestry Commission and the National Trust.