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The Quantock Experience Week at Halsway Manor

The Quantock Experience Week at Halsway Manor

The Quantock Hills were England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being designated in 1956. Now celebrating 60 Years, The Quantock Experience is a week of all things Quantocks, organised in partnership by Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, South West Heritage Trust and the Quantock Hills AONB Service. In a week combining indoor and [...] Read more

The Euro Referendum

The Euro Referendum

The EU debate continues and two recent conferences have underlined the environmental benefit of EU legislation over the last 30 years. Of course the Quantocks and other AONBs have benefited from this legislation but their creation and support is mostly due to UK legislation and decisions, and we are fortunate to have a government that values protected [...] Read more

Hay Meadow Walk - Fully Booked!

Hay Meadow Walk - Fully Booked!

Hay Meadow Walk at Durborough Farm, Aisholt Saturday 11 June, 3 to 5 p.m. to include tea & cake. This free FoQ event is already fully booked. If you want advance notice of Friends of Quantock Events they are first announced in our members newsletter.

Visit to Cothelstone Manor - Fully Booked!

Visit to Cothelstone Manor - Fully Booked!

Special tour for FoQ members of this historic listed manor house followed by a homemade tea. This event is now fully booked. Apologies to those people who responded to the advertisement in Your Somerset which didn't make it clear that it is a members event. Saturday 21 May at 2 p.m. Cost £13.50.

Article for Parish Magazines 03/16

Article for Parish Magazines 03/16

The variety of the Quantocks never fails to surprise. A recent survey of fungi on the hills discovered 142 different species with a number of rare or interesting ones. Perhaps not many of us are that interested in fungi but it underlines the great diversity of the Quantocks and the need to be constantly aware of the delicate eco-systems that make it up. At [...] Read more

Renovation of a Quantock Pond

Renovation of a Quantock Pond

By Keith Edwards The pond on Woodlands Hill, in the parish of Holford and owned by the National Trust, is believed to be a mediaeval stock pond. In the last 30 years it has become increasingly dry in the summer to the point that frogs have only bred successfully about once every 5/6 years. I saw the announcement of the Greater Quantock Landscape Development [...] Read more

The FoQ Spring Newsletter

The FoQ Spring Newsletter

Members should have received their Spring Newsletter in the post, together with the updated FoQ Directory of Business Members. People say it's worth joining the Friends for the Newsletter alone. It's full of articles of Quantockian interest - wildlife, conservation projects, a poet and a painter as well as reports on our routine work. This is the contents: [...] Read more

The Elm Project

The Elm Project

Several years ago we started an interesting project to plant young elm trees grown from disease resistant stock. Twelve saplings have been planted in different locations round the hills and these are being carefully tended and monitored but it will be at least another twenty years before we know whether it is successful.

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