Quantock Eco is an environmental charity whose aim is to help Somerset communities beat climate change by building sustainable lifestyles

Quantock Eco’s purpose is to promote, for the benefit of the public, the conservation protection and improvement of the landscape and natural environment of Western Somerset.

In particular by:

  1. Initiating, leading and facilitating local activities;
  2. Raising awareness of issues relating to the environment and encouraging changes in technology which will result in a sustainable environment; and
  3. Promoting and encouraging sustainable lifestyles.


“satisfying the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy theirs”

We do this by distributing information through talks and events, and through our media: a quarterly newsletter, our Facebook Group and this website.

We also act as a catalyst to push forward environmental projects and to forge relationships with like-minded groups and partners to promote our joint, often overlapping, agendas.

The Earth from the moon
Photo: NASA
The Earth from Space
Photo: NASA

All this in the hope that it will help our communities make sustainable changes in lifestyle; i.e. changes which satisfy the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy theirs.

It was David Attenborough who said, “My generation has done terrible things”. By “terrible things” he meant – unsustainable things:

  • “Things” done almost unconsciously, driven by consumerism and the fetish of growth and more growth.
  • “Things” which deplete the finite resources of our Planet and destroy its biodiversity.
  • “Things”, which we only now recognise, affect the ability to meet the needs, not just of future generations, but also of today’s younger generations.

It is clear: action is needed now.

We are committed to helping to make these changes because the challenges of Climate Change reflect the unsustainable lifestyles which have been led for generations.

There is no Planet “B”. It is therefore up to us to take action.

With your help Quantock Eco hopes to encourage our communities to do just that.

Our Trustees & Members of the Board are:

  • Ian Myers – Trustee, Chairman
  • Julian Anderson – Trustee
  • Clive Raisey – Trustee, Treasurer
  • Jill Canney – Trustee, Membership Secretary
  • Hester Watson – Trustee, Secretary
  • Jem Gibson – Events & Publicity Coordinator
  • Philip Comer – Trustee

At every annual general meeting of the members of the CIO, one-third of the charity trustees shall retire from office.

The charity trustees to retire by rotation shall be those who have been longest in office since their last appointment or reappointment.

The vacancies so arising may be filled by the decision of the members at the annual general meeting.

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Our membership currently stands at 120, drawn from 26 towns and villages in the Quantock Hills and surrounding area; namely:

  • Ash Priors
  • Bicknoller
  • Bishops Lydeard
  • Broomfield
  • Cothelstone
  • Crowcombe
  • Elworthy
  • Enmore
  • Fiddington
  • Goathurst
  • Halse
  • Kilve
  • Kingston St Mary
  • Merridge
  • Monksilver
  • Nailsbourne
  • Nether Stowey
  • Over Stowey
  • Porlock
  • Spaxton
  • Stogumber
  • Taunton
  • Vellow
  • Watchet
  • West Quantoxhead

Quantock Eco’s Partner Organisations