May is Somerset’s Naturally Healthy Month

Kristen Lambert (Nature and Wellbeing Officer) has been busy putting together the programme across Somerset.

Active Devon and Public Health at Somerset County Council coordinates its Naturally Healthy Campaign on behalf of the Devon and Somerset Local Nature Partnership. 

Building on the success of Devon’s previous campaigns, and with the help of Somerset Wildlife Trust the Somerset's AONBs Health and Wellbing Officer (Kristen Lambert) has been very busy putting together Naturally Healthy Month. This will be Somerset’s first year in the programme, and it is hoped that it will be as successful as it has been for Devon in previous years.


Throughout the month of May, the participating organisations will be offering a wide range of activities and chances to celebrate their local ‘wild’ outdoor spaces, landscapes and environments and improve their sense of health and wellbeing. There will be something for people of all ages and abilities; from nature art and outdoor volunteering, to wildlife and singing walks– with a particular emphasis on supporting individuals who are less physically active, suffer with mental health issues or who feel isolated.

The Quantock AONB will be running Quantock Explorer Walks, three Mindful Walking sessions, a Coleridge Way Walk and Outdoor Yoga during May as part of the programme. For more information and to book go to

Chris Edwards (Quantock Hills AONB Manager) says “Our countryside gives us 'landscapes for life'. We know a visit to the countryside improves our mood and helps us to become more active. In Somerset we have three nationally protected Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and the Blackdowns. We're proud to play a part in Naturally Health Month and help people live life through these landscapes.”


A full list of the months activities taking place during May are listed on

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60th Anniversary for the Quantocks

Programme of events for the Quantock Experience week at Halsway Manor, to celebrate 60 years of designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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

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 - 2016

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

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