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Mendip Hills AONB Partnership structure

View out towards Glastonbury Tor © Paul Miles/Greentraveller

The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership has the formal status of a Joint Advisory Committee to the five local authorities. The broad representation of partners enables the partnership to have a ‘voice’ independent of the local authorities.

The Partnership

  • make things happen, translating vision and national policy into local action
  • engage with local communities and foster their skills, knowledge and energy
  • provide value for money by securing additional funding, resources and project partners
  • use innovative approaches to deliver real results through  genuine collaboration
  • promote sustainable rural growth, levering in a variety of income to protect and enhance the natural environment for the benefit of society and the economy

An Officer Support Group consisting of the lead officers from each local authority partner together with the Partnership Chairman provides support to the AONB Manager and the Partnership Committee.

The AONB Unit, led by the AONB Manager is a small team that works on behalf of the Partnership to fulfil its roles as set out above. The Unit is assisted by volunteers including Rangers, practical task volunteers and Young Ranger assistants.

Steering groups for specific projects and themes are managed by the AONB Unit currently these are Black Down Advisory Group, Mendip Rocks, Planning Group and the Sustainable Development Fund Advisory Panel.

Mendip Hills AONB Partnership Committee

Somerset County Council
North Somerset Council
Bath and NE Somerset Council
Mendip District Council
Sedgemoor District Council
Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Country Land and Business Association
National Trust
National Farmers Union
Natural England
Somerset Wildlife Trust/ Avon Wildlife Trust
West of England WREN/Community Council for Somerset
Bath &North East Somerset Parishes Representative
North Somerset Parishes Representative
Somerset Parishes Representative
Mendip Society/Council for the Protection of Rural England

For further information on governance and activity of the AONB Partnership, including Annual reviews and current membership see the Mendip Hills AONB website

View a map showing local authority boundaries in the AONB.