Helping the AONB

Helping the AONB

The Quantock Hills is a really lovely area. At Quantock Eco we feel we would like to do as much as we can to protect and enhance this area.We feel the best way we can do this is to work with the professionals so we can learn from their expertise and experience.We have met with the AONB managers on several occasions and have agreed with them three areas where we can be of particular help.
                    1)     We can assist in the reduction of carbon emissions on the hills.

2)     We can assist in the conservation of the flora and fauna of the hills

3)     We can support the Village History Groups project.

So far the strategies that we have in place to support the AONB in these areas are:

Area 1.     Reduction in carbon emissions

Our work on the Bishops Lydeard/Cotford St Luke to Taunton CycleWay.  This will encourage visitors to leave their cars at home and cycle out from Taunton for a day in the hills.

Our support for electric bike hire and GPS hire proposals to enable people to explore the hills.

Our efforts to assist local community groups to acquire electric vehicles for community transport.

Our promotion of sustainable electricity generation systems both for domestic premises and community premises.

The circulation in our Newsletters of favourite walking routes in the Quantock Hills.

QE support for the Ancestor’s Trail walk on Sunday May 29th (See Ancestor’s Trail 2011 review via our News and Events page.)

Area 2.   Conservation of the flora and fauna of the hills 

We plan to launch our ‘Wildlife Habitats’ project very soon in association with Friends of Quantock.  Details to follow.

We have plans to involve families, communities and local schools in an ‘Eco Competition’ over the coming year.

Area 3.    Support for Village Histories  

We will  join members of Friends of Quantock for the Village Histories project. More details soon.

www.friendsofquantock.org.uk

Wild Places Competition

We are delighted in September to have launched our Wild Places competition in association with the AONB and the Friends of Quantock. We are hoping for a good response from local communities. The winning project will significantly enhance a favourite spot in or near one of our villages.
Do join in if you can!

 

“WILD PLACES” COMPETITION

Win a chance to create your own “Wild Place”!

Is there a woodland, meadow or pond near to you that looks neglected and in need of some care?  Or maybe some wasted space that could be turned into a wildlife haven?

You can now win funding to help create a really special “wild place”.

The Quantock Hills AONB Service, Quantock Eco and Friends of Quantock have launched a brand new competition and are looking for original and innovative ideas for creating places that attract all kinds of wildlife.  This could include birds, insects, pond life and small mammals, particularly those native to the Quantocks.  Winning entries will receive funding from the Quantock Hills Sustainable Development Fund.

Iain Porter, Acting Manager for the Quantock Hills AONB says:

‘We want people to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and enjoy working in the outdoors to create something really special for wildlife.  So whether it’s small scale or a grand plan it has to be something that encourages wildlife, but can be for a specific species or a broad range of biodiversity, and importantly, it should be a project that everyone can visit and enjoy’.

The competition is open to Parish Councils, community groups, organisations, schools and charities within the Quantock Hills area who wish to make improvements to a current site, or create a brand new place for wildlife within their community.

Applications must be submitted by 1st February 2012 to the Quantock Hills AONB Service.  Entries will be judged by a panel drawn from the AONB Service, Quantock Eco and Friends of Quantock.

The successful projects will be announced on 16th March 2012.

For the Project Criteria please below.

To find out more call:

 

PROJECT CRITERIA

Quantock Hills – “Wild Places” Competition

Site Criteria:

  1. The project will need to conserve and enhance the natural environment.
  2. The project will need to protect or increase biodiversity.
  3. Site will need to be within one of the Quantock Parishes (see list below).
  4. The site will need to have public access through it. This can be through the site being in public ownership (local authority, parish council, local community group), access by dedicated rights of way or through permissive access agreements with a private landowner.
  5. Ideally the area of the project will be between 0.5Ha (1 acres) and 2 Ha (5 acres) though projects will be considered if they are smaller / larger as long as they can demonstrate enhancement of a key wildlife habitat e.g. ponds.

Social Criteria:

  1. The competition is open to community groups, charities and parish councils. The competition is open to businesses or individuals who can demonstrate involvement by the local community.
  2. The project should encourage community engagement, ownership or empowerment.
  3. The project should promote local community action.

Success Criteria: The project will need to

  1. Promote understanding and enjoyment of the AONB’s special qualities
  2. Have a clearly defined set of realistic aims and measurable outcomes
  3. Have a sound management structure to achieve its aims and monitor its outcomes
  4. Demonstrate innovation, creativity or good practice
  5. Bring organisations together in partnership to tackle an identified need
  6. Explore opportunities to access funds and/or support in kind from other sources.
  7. The competition is open to projects that require no more than £5,000 grant funding.
  8. Provide match funding. Please contact the Quantock Hills AONB Service for information on amount and type of match funding for your individual project.

Quantock Parishes:

Bicknoller, Bishops Lydeard & Cothelstone, Broomfield, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Crowcombe, East Quantoxhead, Enmore, Goathurst, Holford, Kilve, Kingston St Mary, Nether Stowey, Over Stowey, Spaxton, West Bagborough, West Monkton, West Quantoxhead

 

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