Somerset’s Nature and Wellbeing Project

A new project to tackle the barriers that prevent people experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits that AONBs bring.

The project will target communities who are currently not accessing the Hills, but for whom access to the natural environment may be of great benefit to them. The reasons for the current lack of engagement for these groups, may be mediated by social-economic status, ethnicity, age, disability and mental health. For the Quantock Hills the target areas are in Bridgwater, Taunton and Williton. The project will provide supported visits, volunteering opportunities, monitoring and evaluation.

Funded by Somerset Public Health, the project will focus on targeting communities that lie geographically close to the 3 AONBs, specifically:
Blackdown Hills: Taunton, Chard, Wellington
Mendip Hills: Wells, Cheddar and Burnham-on-Sea
Quantock Hills: Taunton, Bridgwater and Williton

Nature and Wellbeing Officer - Kristen Lambert says:
Having worked on and coordinated outdoor play, community development and active travel projects for various different charities and associations, I am really excited about working to establish health and wellbeing partnerships across the 3 areas of the county and supporting more groups and individuals to reap the various health and wellbeing benefits of these natural landscapes. I am particularly looking forward to working in beautiful Somerset once again!

As Nature and Wellbeing Officer I aim to:
• Increase awareness of what Somerset's AONBs offer.
• Engage with local health and wellbeing partners to develop a menu of activities that will lead to offering a range of introductory pilot sessions across the 3 areas.
• Encourage specific groups and individuals not currently accessing Somerset's AONBs, to visit and experience the benefits to physical and mental health and wellbeing.
• To ensure project sustainability, provide information and training to relevant professionals and groups, in order to develop confidence and knowledge in accessing Somerset's AONBs for future visits and activities.

I will work 3 days a week (usually Monday-Wednesday) across the 2.5 year project.
Contact Details
If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please don't hesitate to contact me:
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Telephone: 01823 451 884/07464987813
Twitter: @healthnhills

Katy Coate - July 2016

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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

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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

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