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Ash Dieback on the Quantock Hills

Ash Dieback on the Quantock Hills

Road closure between Park End and Cothelstone Some of you may have seen that the road between Park End junction, by Lydeard Hill, and the Five Ways junction by Cothelstone Hill has been closed. This is because of a major tree felling operation because many of the ash trees that line this road have been infected by Ash Die Back. It is hoped that the road [...] Read more

Quantock Deer Management & Conservation Group

Quantock Deer Management & Conservation Group

Deer, and in particular its substantial red deer population, form an important part of the ecology and cultural history of the Quantock Hills. The Quantock Deer Management & Conservation Group was formed in 1991 to promote liaison on deer issues between local landholders, countryside organisations (including FoQ), the local hunt, and deer stalkers [...] Read more

Slow the Flow - Water Management

Slow the Flow - Water Management

Over the last 4 years the Quantock Hills Rangers have worked in close partnership with colleagues from Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SW and Natural England to carry out some “Slow the Flow” works mainly in the Wills Neck and Aisholt Common area. Funding from the Somerset Rivers Authority under the theme of Natural Flood Management has paid for a [...] Read more

The Origins of Friends of Quantock

The Origins of Friends of Quantock

In 1952 a book was published by Berta Lawrence entitled Quantock Country. In it she describes the origins of Friends of Quantock. She, like many others, was distressed by a proposal in 1949 to lease 1,200 acres for re-afforestation. She wrote that Arguments about the need for home-produced softwoods cut little ice with men who saw vanishing for ever their [...] Read more