About Us

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.

Who's Who?

  • Chris Edwards  - AONB Manager
    AONB Manager - Chris Edwards
    The role of Manager encompasses a wide range of activities that include: Day to day management of the team, developing AONB policy, commenting on behalf of JAC on statutory consultations and ensuring good working practices with all partnerships.
  • Iain Porter  - Development Officer
    Development Officer - Iain Porter
    The role of a Development Officer is varied and includes, the planning and development of the AONB Service projects that will implement the action points from the Management Plan. This will include sourcing funding for many of the projects. Other responsibilities include ICT support and the management of the Quantock Hills Sustainable Development Fund.
  • Emma-Jane Preece - Landscape Planning Officer
    Landscape Planning Officer - Emma-Jane Preece
    With AONBs being a landscape designation it is important to have a role who can influence policy on planning in and around the AONB. This post develops guidance on planning and links with the local planning authorities to ensure that any development is sensitive to the needs of the AONB landscape.
  • Katy Coate  - Communications and Support Officer
    Communications and Support Officer - Katy Coate
    This Officer role deals with all aspects of communications. This includes producing newsletters, annual reports, managing public relations and media enquiries and managing our website which is the first point of contact for many visitors. Also this role includes administration, the day to day running of the Quantock Office and supporting the other officers and rangers in their roles.
  • Kristen Lambert - Nature and Wellbeing Officer
    Nature and Wellbeing Officer - Kristen Lambert
    This role covers the Quantock Hills AONB, the Blackdown Hills AONB and the Mendip Hills AONB. It aims to tackle some of the barriers that prevent particular groups experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits that Somerset's AONBs have to offer. Kristen's role is to link existing provisions across Somerset as well as to set up new activities and events.
  • Andy Stevenson - Ranger
    Ranger - Andy Stevenson
    The Quantock AONB Ranger is a full time role working 'on the ground' to help conserve and enhance the Quantock Hills. Andy works closely with landowners, farmers and local authorities to ensure good countryside management practices and develop strong relationships with partnership organisations.
  • Owen Jones - Partnership Ranger
    Partnership Ranger - Owen Jones
    The Partnership Ranger is a full time role shared with the Forestry Commission working 'on the ground' to help conserve and enhance the Quantock Hills. Owen works closely with landowners, farmers and local authorities to ensure good countryside management practices and develop strong relationships with partnership organisations.
  • Sammy Fraser  - Volunteer Co-ordinator
    Volunteer Co-ordinator - Sammy Fraser
    Sammy is joining us on a two year contract as part-time Volunteer Co-ordinator (we share her with Mendip and Blackdown AONB)to increase and manage the volunteering opportunities within the AONB. She will be looking for new ways forward for the volunteers on the hills and enhancing the linkages with the existing volunteer groups (Quantock Conservation Volunteers and the Volunteer Rangers).
  • Volunteers - Conservation Volunteers
    Conservation Volunteers - Volunteers
    The Volunteer support all aspects of the AONB Services work, including practical tasks, visitor management and monitoring. Tasks can include scrub bashing, wildlife surveys, litter clearance and giving talks. They are a vital element in the AONB Service and provide an important link with local communities.

Stay in the loop

Annual Reports

View Annual reports from the Quantock AONB Service

Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund

The Quantock Hills AONB Service now has a Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £20,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals. The fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development.

Information leaflets

Find out more about the geology of the Quantock Hills AONB, why the heathland is so important for birds, the red deer on the Quantocks and why the history of the landscape is so special.

Other organisations and activities in the Quantocks

A few things you might find interesting from organisations we work with in the Quantocks

Photography Competition Entry Form

Please down load and return with your fabulous entries

Policys and Codes of Conduct

Everyone enjoys spending their time on the hills doing different activities. Below are some guidance and policy documents to ensure they are carried out safely and that wider regulations are followed.

Quantock Deer Count Results

Annual deer count results for 2010 to 2017

Quantock Hills and Planning

Downloadable documents for you to better understand the Quantock AONB and planning processes

Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) Papers 2014 - 2017

Papers from the partnership committee the Joint Advisory Committee

Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019

This is the the Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019. It will guide work carried out to protect and enhance the Quantock Hills by the AONB team and all our partners. It has been agreed by the Secretary of State for the Environment and adopted by Somerset County Council, West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Quantock Hills Visitor Guide

Quantock Hills Visitor Guide

Recreation Leaflets

a full range of leaflets from circular walks to event guides and leaflets to allow you to enjoy the best of the hills

Terms and Conditions for Quantock Hills Facebook page

Terms and Conditions for http://www.facebook.com/Quantock.hills

Tick Leaflet

Ticks are becoming more common and a bite from this spider-like parasite could lead to Lyme Disease. This is a treatable infection caused by bacterium transmitted by ticks when they bite. Not every tick carries Lyme Disease and it is important to realise that the disease is relatively rare.


Useful Contacts

Quantock AONB Service
Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400

National Trust
Tel: 01823 451 814

Forestry Commission
Tel: 01278 732 319