Recent News Articles

Vandalism Hits Friends' Land

Vandalism Hits Friends' Land

Two weeks ago a car was driven 200 yards down a bridleway across our land on Over Stowey Custom Common. It was then set fire to, destroying the vehicle and causing damage to adjacent trees. All identification had been removed and despite police efforts they have been unable so far to trace the culprits. We are now left with the costs of removing the vehicle [...] Read more

Aisholt Hay Meadows

Aisholt Hay Meadows

A group of Friends of Quantock Members enjoyed a walk through the hay meadows at Durborough Farm on 11 June. The setting of the farm is particularly lovely and the wild orchids, both common spotted and marsh, were truly stunning set amongst lots of other now sadly rare wild flowers and grasses. Thanks to Janet White and her daughter and son-in-law for [...] Read more

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

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