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The Blackdown Hills AONB is managed by a partnership of public bodies, local organisations and voluntary groups with an active interest in the Hills.

Members of the Partnership work co-operatively to an agreed five year Management Plan and annual Business Plan, with the key funders being signatories to a six year Memorandum of Agreement.

The key funders of the AONB Partnership are Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, East Devon District Council, Mid Devon District Council, South Somerset District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Defra.

Policy decisions are made by the Management Group, which consists of key funders plus elected representatives drawn from the AONB Partnership.

Management Group meetings are held three times a year, at locations throughout the Blackdown Hills. These meetings are open to the public.

2018 Management Group meetings

  • Thursday 5th July 2018             10am -1pm                                         Blackdown Healthy Living Centre, Hemyock
  • Thursday 8th November 2018          9:30am - 1:30pm Venue TBC


Previous minutes

July 2017

November 2017

March 2018


Blackdown Hills AONB Management Group members

Cllr Paul Diviani East Devon District Council (chair)
Cllr John Thorne  Somerset County Council
Cllr John Berry  Devon County Council
Cllr Martin Wale South Somerset District Council
Cllr Dave Durdan Taunton Deane Borough Council
Cllr Frank Rosamond Mid Devon District Council
Rachel Williams  Natural England  
Heather Stallard Blackdown Hills Business Association  
David Northcote-Wright Somerset Wildlife Trust
Martin Turner  Blackdown Hills Hedge Association
Mark Pope  National Farmers Union 
Penny Mills/Chris Lewis  Campaign to Protect Rural England
Simon Larkins National Trust
Gordon Field Blackdown Hills Artists & Makers
John Greenshields Blackdown & East Devon Woodland Association

Parish Network representatives
Bob Nelson
Jocelyn Pritchard Hemyock
Graham Long Upottery

Special Appointees to the Management Group
Bruce Payne (Vice Chair)
Elaine Hayes

Specific Points of Contact
Hugh Davey Environment Agency
Chris Sorensen Forestry Commission
Charlotte Russell Historic England




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