The Blackdown Hills AONB is managed by a partnership of public bodies, local organisations and voluntary groups with an active interest in the Hills.
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.
2017 Management Group meetings
- Thursday 6th July 2017 - Tatworth & Forton Village Hall 10am - 12.30pm
- Thursday 2nd November 2017 - venue to be decided 9.30am - 1.30pm
Blackdown Hills AONB Management Group members
Cllr Paul Diviani East Devon District Council (chair)
Cllr James Hunt 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
David Westbrook 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
Dr Margaret Hall 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 Broadhembury
Jocelyn Pritchard Hemyock
Graham Long Upottery
Special Appointees to the Management Group
Bruce Payne (Vice Chair)
Specific Points of Contact
Hugh Davey Environment Agency
Chris Sorensen Forestry Commission
Charlotte Russell Historic England