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24 years later ...

- I can't quite believe it, but I started with the AONB 24 years ago on the 11th of July 1988!

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 16 July 2012

24 years later ... In those days there was just me and I was called The Warden ... and ran around in a yellow County Council Astra van (until it gradually fell apart).

I was basically told to ‘get out there and get on with it’ ... I had 40 square miles of new territory to explore, get to know the people who lived, worked and visited the area and try to sort out its problems. Quite a task for one chap.

Well ... 24 years later I have to say that the hills are looking far better than they did then, despite being used by many more people.  The meshwork of eroded hill top tracks are massively reduced, bracken has been controlled, the swaling programme has left a wonderful mosaic of heathland habitats, the Forest is a wonderful place for wildlife and recreation, we have a wonderful herd of Exmoor Ponies grazing Cothelstone Hill, rhododendron has been seriously knocked back and we have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers.  And strangely enough the AONB Service is back at Fyne Court.

I have spent almost half of my life now working to protect these amazing hills and have worked alongside some wonderful people and characters.

What will the next quarter of a century bring?

Here’s a photo of Andy and me in the olden days when we were based at Nether Stowey, circa 1997? ish…



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