Follow the blog of Rangers Owen Jones and Andy Stevenson as they roam the Quantocks, working to help keep the Quantocks outstandingly beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
“Cold on the outside, warm on the inside”
We have been working with Green Days Day Care, to investigate how being in a beautiful landscape can improve your sense of well-being. Green Days is a fantastic adult day care service ‘without walls’ and it has been a joy to work with some truly wonderful individuals.
Just back from a great morning at Rhode Farm near Goathurst with FWAG-SW looking at the benefits of planting cover crops. This morning was the first in a series of workshops / talks aimed at local farmers / landowners to promote resilience in farming and forestry. A cover crop is a crop (grass, herbs or other plant) planted in winter primarily to manage the soil rather than to generate an income.
Saturday was a busy day for the Quantock Hills AONB Service, two deer walks and also a Juicing and Cider Making Workshop led by Neil MacDonald from Orchard Park farms / Orchard Pig Cider.
have joined a growing list of places in Somerset that are ‘going the extra mile’ to offer something special for visitors from near and far who enjoy walking.
Stowey Walking group, representing both villages, has been informed that its application for accreditation from ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ has been successful and it is now a member of the UK Network.
The Somerset Hedge Group is delighted to offer a great opportunity to gain training in traditional hedge laying, FOR FREE!
The Quantock Hills AONB Team welcomes a new full time Ranger, Andy Stevenson. Andy joins us from Somerset County Council Rights of Way Team where he worked for 10 years.
Nature and Wellbeing Project Officer Kristen Lambert has produced an infographic showing the results of a recent Nature and Wellbeing Project with Eastover Primary School at Fyne Court over the summer, with some wonderful results.
Heart warming stuff!
Kristen Lambert is leading the new Nature and Wellbeing Project across all 3 Somerset AONBs. The project aims to support local people to improve their physical and mental wellbeing by participating in activities on the Blackdown, Mendip and Quantock Hills.
Since I arrived to the Quantock Hills in 2014 so much in my life has changed. It took me a little while to get to know this beautiful area and I’ve had so much help with this along the way from many people.
Mention bluebells and even the hard hearted will go dewy-eyed. What is it about this whimsical wildflower that captures our imagination so? Evocative of woodlands, hedges and shady places in the full bloom of spring, the bluebell ranks number one as the nation’s favourite wildflower, according to a survey by the charity Plantlife. And rightly so as the UK has the finest bluebell carpets in the world, 50% of the world’s bluebells can be found in the UK, which is a pretty staggering statistic if you think about it.