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With a little help from our Friends

- Alan Hughes chairman of Friends of Quantock talks about their work

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 08 October 2013

With a little help from our Friends We have a guest blogger this week; Alan Hughes from Friends of Quantock talks about the work they do to help keep the Quantocks beautiful, and about support from artist Gaye Fox

As chairman of Friends of Quantock I feel very proud of the work we are undertaking to help keep the Quantocks beautiful here is a little bit of information about the work that we do, and if you would like to become a member we would love to hear from you.

Friends of Quantock are a charity that was set up in 1949 to work for the preservation of the Quantocks. We have fought off threats of conifer plantations, a golf course and many other undesirable proposals that have threatened the beautiful landscape that we are dedicated to look after. We are run entirely by volunteers and financed through modest annual subscriptions, donations and legacies. We work very closely with the AONB service and are represented on the Joint Advisory Council, but remain fiercely independent.

We monitor change and development on the Quantocks, encourage research into the wildlife, ecology and heritage of the hills, make grants to projects that will benefit the landscape or contribute to our understanding of them and work to ensure that the qualities that we value are handed on for future generations. Earlier this year we took over 360 acres of very important open heathland within the SSSI on the main Quantock ridge, which the County Council was seeking dispose of, and now have the responsibility of looking after this.

We have over 800 members as well as 40 business members whose support and encouragement help us to do this. Most are local people. Gaye Fox, the well-known and highly versatile artist, has been one of our most generous supporters and last year gave us the proceeds of her very successful exhibition of paintings. Now she is offering us part of the proceeds from her coming exhibition of recent works at her delightful home in Kingston St Mary. She works in a variety of media and are mostly very colourful. The exhibition will certainly be worth visiting and by doing so you will also be helping the work of Friends of Quantock.

If you would like to help Friends of Quantock, go to their webpage at http://www.friendsofquantock.com

Gaye’s exhibition is on the 16th and 17th November 10am - 6pm

At Myrtle House, Church Lane, Kingston St. Mary, Taunton TA2 8HR



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