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Delivery Plan

Theme Delivery objective Action Lead Partner Partner Targets Status
Landscape Quality L1 Promote appropriate management to ensure that the distinctive Mendip Hills AONB landscape is maintained and enhanced L1.1 Create a stronger and more integrated approach to the Mendip Hills natural environment through mechanisms including relevant Local Nature Partnerships and a Nature Improvement Area Partnerships
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • West of England Local Nature Partnership
  • Somerset Local Nature Partnership
Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan referenced in LNP documents; Mendip Hills Nature Improvement Area proposal explored In progress More
Landscape Quality L2 Provide opportunities to acquire and develop skills required to care for and promote the landscape and its special qualities. L2.1 Organise rural skills training events
  • Wrington and Burrington Hedging Society
  • Mendip Ploughing Society
  • North Somerset Agricultural Society
Ploughing, hedging, walling and training events held. In progress More
Landscape Quality L2 Provide opportunities to acquire and develop skills required to care for and promote the landscape and its special qualities. L2.2 Extend links with colleges, youth organisations and land managers to develop and run training events/programmes
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • Bridgwater College
  • Bristol City College
  • Somerset Rural Youth Project
Bridgwater College and SRYP achieve Black Down Project milestones March 2015 In progress More
Landscape Quality L3 Increase awareness and appreciation of the purposes of designation and the special qualities of the AONB L3.1 Update the Mendip Hills AONB Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) by collating the existing LCAs to form one comprehensive document.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Complete 2014/15 In progress More
Landscape Quality L3 Increase awareness and appreciation of the purposes of designation and the special qualities of the AONB L3.2 Produce an AONB Sensitivity Map
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Complete 2015 In progress More
Landscape Quality L3 Increase awareness and appreciation of the purposes of designation and the special qualities of the AONB L3.3 Complete Cheddar landscape character assessment and or sensitivity study.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Complete 2014 In progress More
Landscape Quality L3 Increase awareness and appreciation of the purposes of designation and the special qualities of the AONB L3.4 Develop and maintain Mendip Hills AONB web site with appropriate information
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Mendip Hills AONB web site maintained and reviewed March 2015 In progress More
Landscape Quality L4 Increase awareness of the benefits of supporting local products and services that help conserve and enhance the landscape. L4.1 Promote Greentraveller’s Mendip Hills AONB online guide
  • Greentraveller Ltd
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Greentraveller’s Mendip Hills online guide promoted via local authority and tourism organisation web sites In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG1 Ensure that there is no net loss of characteristic habitats and species. BG1.1 Ensure local input to updating of National Character Areas Statements of Opportunity and respond to any implications.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Interpretation of monitoring data collected by NE/Defra/SWT/AWT as part of Management Plan review in 2018 In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG1 Ensure that there is no net loss of characteristic habitats and species. BG1.2 Build on improvements in Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) condition to date by moving SSSI land from Recovering to Favourable condition
  • Natural England
Achieve 5% shift from Recovering to Favourable condition per year. Retain at least 96% of SSSI land in Favourable or Recovering condition. In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG2 Promote a landscape scale approach to the conservation and expansion of coherent and resilient ecological networks within and adjoining the AONB. BG2.1 Explore potential of a locally determined Nature Improvement Area for the Mendip Hills NCA.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
Conclude discussions with potential partners by Dec 2015 to determine if NIA appropriate ( ref BG4.1) In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG2 Promote a landscape scale approach to the conservation and expansion of coherent and resilient ecological networks within and adjoining the AONB. BG2.2 Demonstrate best practice by the use of pilots and case studies
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
Case studies produced 2018 In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG2 Promote a landscape scale approach to the conservation and expansion of coherent and resilient ecological networks within and adjoining the AONB. BG2.3 Support farmers and land managers to increase land in the Mendip Hills covered by agri-environment schemes where possible
  • Natural England
In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG3 Increase awareness and monitoring of the biodiversity resource of the Mendip Hills AONB so that it is sufficiently understood to continue to guide the successful conservation of the characteristic habitats and species. BG3.1 Promote ecological network information available for the Mendip Hills in an easily accessible form
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
  • Avon Wildlife Trust
Information on the biodiversity resource is available on line as a map by March 2015 In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG4 Promote a holistic approach to implementing the AONB Management Plan objectives, National Character Area Statements of Opportunity and a locally determined Nature Improvement Area’s objectives. BG4.1 Explore potential of a locally determined Mendip Hills NIA for the Mendip Hills NCA incorporating Management Plan objectives and NCA opportunities
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG5 Recognise and celebrate geological sites and features of the Mendip Hills AONB to ensure the successful conservation both of the geology and wildlife habitat they provide. BG5.1 Organise annual Mendip Rocks! festival
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • Wells and Mendip Museum
  • Somerset Earth Science Centre
Programme of events held annually Aug-Sept In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG5 Recognise and celebrate geological sites and features of the Mendip Hills AONB to ensure the successful conservation both of the geology and wildlife habitat they provide. BG5.2 Implement Discovering Black Down ‘what lies beneath’ school and youth group caving activity/learning programme.
  • Discovering Black Down project
Discovering Black Down project milestones In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG5 Recognise and celebrate geological sites and features of the Mendip Hills AONB to ensure the successful conservation both of the geology and wildlife habitat they provide. BG5.3 Develop a Mendip Rocks Framework Plan that identifies and implement priorities for the conservation and interpretation of geological sites and features.
  • Mendip Rocks! Partnership
Mendip Rocks Framework Plan – priorities and projects identified by Dec 2014. In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG5 Recognise and celebrate geological sites and features of the Mendip Hills AONB to ensure the successful conservation both of the geology and wildlife habitat they provide. BG5.4 Produce two geological trails in the AONB
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Ebbor Gorge and Burrington Ham trails completed July 2014 In progress More
Biodiversity and Geodiversity BG6 Increase awareness of the Mendip Hills geology, particularly cave systems in relation to the importance they play in water management and water supply. BG6.1 Linked with BG5.2 produce information on the importance of the Mendip Hills geology in providing a water resource
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • Bristol Water
  • Wells and Mendip Museum
Researched interpretation options by December 2014 In progress More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H1 Improve the recording, interpretation and understanding of all aspects of the AONBs historic environment to ensure local communities and visitors enjoy a rich experience of the sense of place. H1.1 Identify opportunities for people to learn about and visit cultural heritage assets- sites, monuments, buildings, landscapes
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Revise ‘Visiting’ page of Mendip Hills AONB web site. Development of ‘Somersets 360°’s project Completed More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H1 Improve the recording, interpretation and understanding of all aspects of the AONBs historic environment to ensure local communities and visitors enjoy a rich experience of the sense of place. H1.2 Forge better connections to heritage materials held in collections outside the AONB
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Wells and Mendip Museum
  • Weston super Mare Museum
  • Bristol Museum
  • Axbridge Museum
  • Museum of Somerset
Delivery of Mendip Rocks! framework – milestones identified In progress More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H1 Improve the recording, interpretation and understanding of all aspects of the AONBs historic environment to ensure local communities and visitors enjoy a rich experience of the sense of place. H1.3 Raise awareness amongst communities and groups about how to access and learn about cultural heritage
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
Delivery of Black Down project milestones In progress More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H1 Improve the recording, interpretation and understanding of all aspects of the AONBs historic environment to ensure local communities and visitors enjoy a rich experience of the sense of place. H1.4 Support delivery of final phase of Quarry Faces project including publication of book and digital archiving of material.
  • Quarry Faces project
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Book published with access to archive live October 2014. Quarry Faces – screening in quarry – October 2014 In progress More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H2 Increase awareness and communicate the significance of the high quality historic environment of the Mendip Hills AONB. H2.1 Develop Mendip Rocks! framework for research, interpretation and management of extraction industries and cave exploration.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Mendip Rocks! framework projects identified Dec 2014 In progress More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H2 Increase awareness and communicate the significance of the high quality historic environment of the Mendip Hills AONB. H2.2 Work with communities to promote, develop and deliver community events across the AONB.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • Wells and Mendip Museum
  • Discovering Black Down project
Annual Heritage Seminar held. Mendip Hills cluster of events as part of Festival of Archaeology July 2014. Discovering Black Down project milestones. Mendip Hills AONB publication published April 2015 In progress More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H2 Increase awareness and communicate the significance of the high quality historic environment of the Mendip Hills AONB. H2.3 Publish English Heritage Mendip Hills AONB Publication
  • English Heritage
April 2015 In progress More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H3 Promote appropriate management of sites, structures and landscapes designated for their international, national, regional or local importance in the historic environment to ensure no further loss of heritage assets. H3.1 Work with local communities to develop and deliver externally funded community based projects
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
In progress More
Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage H3 Promote appropriate management of sites, structures and landscapes designated for their international, national, regional or local importance in the historic environment to ensure no further loss of heritage assets. H3.2 Use a range of tools eg planning permissions, management agreements, grant aid and conservation initiatives to deliver positive conservation.
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • English Heritage
Complete restoration of additional 5 traditional highways signposts by 2015 In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R1 Maintain, improve and promote public access and quiet recreational activities with measures to ensure access for all in accordance with the purposes of AONB designation. R1.1 Continue to promote Mendip Hills AONB Partnerships ‘Code of Conduct for managing recreational and fundraising events in the Mendip Hills AONB’
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Annual monitoring of specific site impact eg Black Down Project In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R1 Maintain, improve and promote public access and quiet recreational activities with measures to ensure access for all in accordance with the purposes of AONB designation. R1.2 Continue to deliver Conserving Black Down project to repair and restore heavily eroded paths
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Delivery of Conserving Black Down Project milestones. In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R1 Maintain, improve and promote public access and quiet recreational activities with measures to ensure access for all in accordance with the purposes of AONB designation. R1.3 Deliver planned network improvements through Rights of Way Improvement Plans and Green Infrastructure Strategies
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
Improvements delivered in line with Rights of Way Improvement Plans and Green Infrastructure Strategies In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R1 Maintain, improve and promote public access and quiet recreational activities with measures to ensure access for all in accordance with the purposes of AONB designation. R1.4 Manage, maintain and promote the Strawberry Line, The Mendip Way and Limestone Link routes as key recreational routes into the AONB.
  • North Somerset Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
Annual monitoring/reporting of condition of routes agreed by April 2015 In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R1 Maintain, improve and promote public access and quiet recreational activities with measures to ensure access for all in accordance with the purposes of AONB designation. R1.5 Respond to development of 1SW Cycle Adventure project as a as means to promote cycling activity in SW protected landscapes
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Agreed future involvement In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R2 Support the development of tourism and day visits that benefits the local economy, conserves and enhances the landscape and improves understanding of the Mendip Hills. R2.1 Continue to work with Greentraveller Ltd to ensure online guide is effective and is developed including pilot of Young Ambassadors to review and write articles
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • Greentraveller Ltd
Review Greentraveller online guide with businesses Dec 2014 build results into Mendip Hills Tourism Strategy (R2.3) In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R2 Support the development of tourism and day visits that benefits the local economy, conserves and enhances the landscape and improves understanding of the Mendip Hills. R2.2 Annually review and reprint Mendip Hills AONB Visitor Guide
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Mendip Hills AONB Visitor Guide published annually In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R2 Support the development of tourism and day visits that benefits the local economy, conserves and enhances the landscape and improves understanding of the Mendip Hills. R2.3 identify specific tourism business needs and develop solutions
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • VisitSomerset
Business needs surveyed and built into Mendip Hills Tourism Strategy December 2015 In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R2 Support the development of tourism and day visits that benefits the local economy, conserves and enhances the landscape and improves understanding of the Mendip Hills. R2.4 Set up tourism business familiarisation day as part of STA promoted days to all Somerset protected landscapes
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Day event held in Mendip Hills AONB Autumn 2014 In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R3 Develop and promote more sustainable methods of travel to and around the AONB for enjoyment and recreation. R3.1 Provide up to date information on sustainable travel to and within the AONB direct to visitors and businesses to provide to their visitors.
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Greentraveller Ltd
Assess visitor counter data on Strawberry Line (N.Som) annually. In progress More
Recreation, Access and Tourism R4 Support healthy lifestyles by encouraging more people to use the Mendip Hills for sustainable outdoor activities R4.1 Build partnerships with Health and Well Being Boards to identify, coordinate opportunities and implement projects
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Launch of Somersets 360° project with health professionals Summer 2014 Completed More
Natural Resources N1 Recognise and promote the benefits and relevance of the AONB as a valuable source of ecosystem services, economic and health benefits. N1.1 Ensure that all relevant strategies and plans reflect the importance of the AONBs natural services and benefits
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • West of England Local Nature Partnership
  • Somerset Local Nature Partnership
  • West of England Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Heart of the SW Local Enterprise Partnership
  • North Somerset Council Health and Well-Being Board
  • Somerset County Council Health and Well-Being Board
  • Bath & North East Somerset Health and Well-Being Board
In progress More
Natural Resources N1 Recognise and promote the benefits and relevance of the AONB as a valuable source of ecosystem services, economic and health benefits. N1.2 Develop and or identify training resources to enable parish councils and volunteers to gain a better understanding of ecosystem services and use through existing volunteering/Young Ranger and parish council activities.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Development of training resources by March 2015 In progress More
Natural Resources N2 Promote conservation of water resources and enhance water quality, taking measures to reduce low flows and flooding by appropriate management and use. N2.1 Implement and monitor the North and Mid Somerset and the Bristol Avon Catchment Flood Management Plans
  • Environment Agency
  • Somerset County Council
Regular reviews reported In progress More
Natural Resources N3 Promote conservation of water resources and enhance water quality, taking measures to reduce low flows and flooding by appropriate management and use. N2.2 Promote the Catchment Based Approach initiative aiming to improve the quality of the water environment
  • Environment Agency
  • Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West
In progress More
Natural Resources N3 Promote sustainable management of soils in accordance with best practice to minimise erosion and water pollution and maximise resilience to drought. N3.1 Continue to implement catchment sensitive farming for the Somerset Levels and Moors and North Somerset Moors Sensitive Farming Priority Catchments
  • Environment Agency
  • National Farmers Union
  • Natural England
In progress More
Natural Resources N3 Promote sustainable management of soils in accordance with best practice to minimise erosion and water pollution and maximise resilience to drought. N3.2 Continue Bristol Water Metaldehyde project to reduce use of pesticides containing Metaldehyde .
  • Bristol Water Metaldehyde Stewardship Group
Regular monitoring continued In progress More
Natural Resources N3 Promote sustainable management of soils in accordance with best practice to minimise erosion and water pollution and maximise resilience to drought. N3.3 Promote use of nitrate leaching model and uptake of mitigation measures to reduce nitrate leaching from agricultural land.
  • Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West
Model adopted by farmers with monitoring of effects and practicalities of measures In progress More
Land Management LM1 Support sustainable farming to ensure it remains as the principle land and contributes to maintaining the special qualities of the AONB LM1.1 Maximise opportunities to respond to and influence the Governments thinking on agricultural support payments in particular seeking a financial return for provision of ecosystems services.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Identify case studies by Sept 2015 In progress More
Land Management LM2 Support and promote rural land management that conserves and enhances natural resources, including biodiversity, landscape character the historic environment and aids public awareness and enjoyment of the Mendip Hills AONB. LM2.1 Carry out a survey to identify Calaminarian grassland and current state
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
March 2015 complete survey In progress More
Land Management LM3 Promote a sustainable woodland economy that enhances the Mendip Hills AONB woodlands and wider landscape with targeted woodland management and creation in appropriate locations supporting wood fuel and local community opportunities. LM3.1 Promote the Woodland Trusts ‘Community Woodland Network’ providing information on community woodland management and ownership
  • Woodland Trust
3 communities networked. In progress More
Land Management LM3 Promote a sustainable woodland economy that enhances the Mendip Hills AONB woodlands and wider landscape with targeted woodland management and creation in appropriate locations supporting wood fuel and local community opportunities. LM3.2 Promote the Woodland Trust's a) free community and school planting packs - weblink: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/take-part/plant-trees/Pages/priority.aspx
  • Woodland Trust
In progress More
Land Management LM3 Promote a sustainable woodland economy that enhances the Mendip Hills AONB woodlands and wider landscape with targeted woodland management and creation in appropriate locations supporting wood fuel and local community opportunities. LM3.3 Promote the Woodland Trust's MOREwoods scheme, to help and facilitate landowners to plant trees - weblink: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/planting-woodland/funding-and-planting-grants/woodland-trust-grants/Pages/default.aspx
  • Woodland Trust
In progress More
Land Management LM3 Promote a sustainable woodland economy that enhances the Mendip Hills AONB woodlands and wider landscape with targeted woodland management and creation in appropriate locations supporting wood fuel and local community opportunities. LM3.4 Monitor ash trees for Chalara fraxinea and report and communicate information as appropriate
  • Forestry Commission
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Regular updates provided on AONB website with links to Forestry Commission site In progress More
Land Management LM3 Promote a sustainable woodland economy that enhances the Mendip Hills AONB woodlands and wider landscape with targeted woodland management and creation in appropriate locations supporting wood fuel and local community opportunities. LM3.5 Promote Forestry Commission grants and other appropriate funding schemes eg ELMS to bring woodland into management
  • Forestry Commission
  • Forestry Commission
In progress More
Land Management LM4 Influence the use, restoration and after use of all quarries to minimise the impact on the landscape and to be compatible with the purposes of the AONB designation. LM4.1 Apply the ecological approach to restoration as set out in the SCC Somerset Minerals Plan for the Mendips Hills NCA
  • Somerset County Council
In progress More
Development and Transport D1 Working with local planning authorities, ensure that development in the AONB and its setting, is of a nature, scale, location and design that meets community need without compromising the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB D1.1 Establish robust detailed policies in Local Plans and in Neighbourhood Plans which support the purposes of AONB designation.
  • Parish Councils
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
In progress More
Development and Transport D1 Working with local planning authorities, ensure that development in the AONB and its setting, is of a nature, scale, location and design that meets community need without compromising the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB D1.2 Review the Partnership Dark Skies Statement to take account of revised data and sensitivity studies.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Review complete by 2015 In progress More
Development and Transport D1 Working with local planning authorities, ensure that development in the AONB and its setting, is of a nature, scale, location and design that meets community need without compromising the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB D1.3 Ensure that the ‘Agricultural Building Design Guidelines for the Mendip Hills AONB (2013)’ and ‘Guidelines for horse related development for the Mendip Hills AONB (2012)’ are applied in all appropriate cases.
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
Monitoring of planning application decisions In progress More
Development and Transport D1 Working with local planning authorities, ensure that development in the AONB and its setting, is of a nature, scale, location and design that meets community need without compromising the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB D1.4 Support and facilitate local planning authorities working together to achieve consistency and good practice in the consideration of planning in the AONB.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Hold regular Planning Officer meetings In progress More
Development and Transport D1 Working with local planning authorities, ensure that development in the AONB and its setting, is of a nature, scale, location and design that meets community need without compromising the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB D1.5 Provide landscape advice for planners to encourage opportunities to be taken to conserve and enhance the distinctive landscape and other qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB including its ecosystem services
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
In progress More
Development and Transport D1 Working with local planning authorities, ensure that development in the AONB and its setting, is of a nature, scale, location and design that meets community need without compromising the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB D1.6 Monitor development in the Mendip Hills AONB identifying any trends that require addressing
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Monitoring of planning applications/decisions for annual review summary In progress More
Development and Transport D1 Working with local planning authorities, ensure that development in the AONB and its setting, is of a nature, scale, location and design that meets community need without compromising the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB D1.7 Produce proposals for securing S106 agreement funding via Local authorities secure funding for management and enhancement of the AONB
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Proposal submitted to National Grid In progress More
Development and Transport D2 Working with local highways authorities, ensure that the special qualities of the AONB are fully respected in the planning, design, provision and management of all types of transport and associated infrastructure. D2.1 Highways authorities will seek to minimise the impact of road schemes including signage, junction design, traffic calming measures and lighting.
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Complete restoration of 5 traditional highways finger posts (also ref H3.2) In progress More
Development and Transport D3 Encourage reduction in Carbon emissions within the AONB through reducing energy consumption, applying energy conservation measures, encouraging more sustainable patterns of development, and utilising renewable energy generation technologies that are of an appropriate type and scale for their siting. D3.1 Promote position statements and guidance on renewable energy.
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
In progress More
Development and Transport D4 Ensure issues of importance for the management of the AONB landscape are fully reflected in strategies and plans produced by other agencies and local communities. D4.1 Encourage and support parish councils producing Neighbourhood Plans and other local plans to address importance of landscape
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • North Somerset Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
In progress More
Participation P1 Increase the opportunities for volunteering and the range of people participating, to benefit the environment, peoples health and well being and the local communities in and around the AONB P1.1 Continue to develop partnership projects and joint working including the Mendip Rocks! festival, Black Down Project,
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Delivery of Black Down project milestones In progress More
Participation P2 Encourage the involvement of local people and the wider community in the Management of the AONB. P2.1 Continue the Mendip Hills AONB Volunteer task programme
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Delivery of AONB annual task programme In progress More
Participation P2 Encourage the involvement of local people and the wider community in the Management of the AONB. P2.2 Identify local projects through Parish Plans and other parish council led consultation
  • Parish Councils
In progress More
Participation P2 Encourage the involvement of local people and the wider community in the Management of the AONB. P2.3 Support projects appropriate to a protected landscape and that assist delivery of the AONB Management plan
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Mendip Hills Fund to award grants In progress More
Participation P2 Encourage the involvement of local people and the wider community in the Management of the AONB. P2.4 Develop Young Ambassadors as part of Greentraveller /tourism on line promotion of the Mendip Hills
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Have trained and have the services of 2 Young Ambassadors In progress More
Participation P2 Encourage the involvement of local people and the wider community in the Management of the AONB. P2.4 Develop and promote the Mendip Hills Fund including setting up Visitor Giving scheme
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Launch held June/July 2014. Set up new Mendip Hills Fund Panel April 2014. In progress More
Participation P2 Encourage the involvement of local people and the wider community in the Management of the AONB. P2.5 Organise Stargazing events to promote awareness of dark skies and need to retain dark skies.(See D1.2)
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
Two Stargazing events held In progress More
Participation P3 Promote the Mendip Hills as an educational resource for all ages and encourage sharing of research and learning tools PA3.1 Support development of facilities and projects that provide educational resources eg Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers, Wells and Mendip Museum, Farmlink, Charterhouse Centre, Somerset Earth Science Centre
  • Mendip Hills AONB Unit
  • Wells and Mendip Museum
  • Somerset Earth Science Centre
Deliver Mendip Hills AONB Young Ranger programme 14/15. Review of Young Ranger scheme and funding completed March 2015. Discovering Black Down project milestones. In progress More