This project targets 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 Bridgwater, Taunton and Williton. The project provides supported visits, volunteering opportunities, monitoring and evaluation. Funded by Somerset Public Health, the project focuses 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
Somerset’s Nature and Wellbeing Project
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.
If you are interested in finding out more about the project or to get involved please don't hesitate to contact Kristen Lambert, Nature and Wellbeing Officer:
Telephone: 01823 451 884
A free exhibition of artworks from the 'Does Happiness Grow on Trees competition' that the three Somerset AONB's ran during Naturally Healthy Month this year is being presented at the Museum of Somerset.
People from around Somerset entered the competition which challenged them to come up with artwork illustrating how being in green spaces and exploring local landscape make them feel.
This exhibition includes the winning entries from the competition and a selection of the artworks submitted, including painting, drawing, photography, poetry and creative writing getting up close flowers, mud, plants, insects and wildlife.
foraging, walks, forest bathing, wild discovery days - CHECK OUT THE OTHER EVENTS HAPPENING across somerset AONB's
Working Well Volunteers
Monthly 10.00am - 2.00pm
Come and help us look after the beautiful landscape of the Quantock Hills through monthly volunteering tasks.
This is a friendly, supportive group and there is no pressure to finish tasks - we just want people to enjoy being involved in a positive activity in a beautiful, varied, natural environment. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided, but bring a packed lunch
What will the sessions involve? The tasks will involve physical activity and are all outside; instructions, tools and working gloves will be provided but sturdy, flat shoes and warm clothes are required (please let us know if you need support sourcing these)