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Somerset Wetlands voted UK’s Best Environment Project

Somerset Wetlands voted UK’s Best Environment Project


Avalon Marshes Somerset, near the Rive Brue below Galstonbury, which conserves the unique landscape, heritage and wildlife of the local wetland area, was voted the Best Environment Project in the National Lottery Awards; the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Local man Bill Bailey returned to his home county to deliver the good news:

“I’m from Somerset, so preserving the local landscape is important to me.  The project does an incredible job of keeping this historic wetland in tip-top shape.

“Stunning landscapes like Avalon create an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and provide an unparalleled access to wildlife for nature lovers like me.

“The Avalon Marshes Somerset project is a much deserved winner of this National Lottery Award – National Lottery players should be very proud to have helped fund this wonderful conservation project.”

Avalon Marshes Somerset beat off competition from a record breaking 1,300 entries to win a public vote. The project will receive a £5,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and make an appearance on “The National Lottery Awards”, a BBC One show broadcast on September 27.

The conservation of the Avalon Marshes has taken place over four years, with sixty projects helping to preserve meadows, woods, reed-beds and lakes, plus the mystical Isle of Avalon- home to Glastonbury Tor. The wetlands are home to wildlife like marsh harriers, bitterns and otters, while the area has 10,000 years of human history, giving a rich archaeological heritage.

Simon Nash, Somerset Wildlife Trust, speaking on behalf of the partnership behind the project added:

“National Lottery funding was crucial in enabling us to make the developments we wanted to this unique and special place.

“We have been able to make these ancient wetlands more accessible to the general public and highlight their national importance in terms of both wildlife and heritage.

“It’s such an honour to have won a National Lottery Award and to be recognised in this way by the public.  I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and everyone who plays the National Lottery for enabling us to preserve this wonderful environment.”

Over 5,600 people voted for Avalon Marshes to win Best Environment project.


Comedian and nature enthusiast Bill Bailey paid a visit with a difference to Avalon Marshes Somerset today, when he presented the project with an iconic National Lottery Award.

Castle Cary Tweed Ride

Castle Cary Tweed Ride

I say old chap, what’s all this about then? The Tweed Ride brings the 1920’s/30’s to life. Dress in your best vintage style outfit, dust off your tweeds and polish up your bicycles (doesn’t have to be vintage, but are encouraged and prizes are up for grabs!) to join us at the Castle Cary Market… Continue Reading

What?  Again?  Even longer?

What?  Again?  Even longer?   Juliet Bowell will go into the West Church Tower at 5am on 4th September and spend 150 hours in solitary retreat.  She hopes to raise money to put a loo into the Church.  She will rejoin the world at 11am on Sunday 10th Continue Reading

Somerset Arts Weeks Prospect Festival 2017

Somerset Arts Weeks Prospect Festival 2017

Three artists from Somerset were faced with the prospect of having nowhere  to show their work for this year’s SAW until a brand new venue was offered to them.  A barn in the  charming village of Chesterblade, in an idyllic rural setting will provide the perfect space for the exhibition  of work from Rose Hubbard, Ashar Art and Claudia Gunton for the two week festival.   Rose, a photographer and former Countryfile winner has been experimenting for the past two years with  chemigrams, a cameraless photo technique, to produce unique images that fall somewhere between  photography and painting. Ashar,  an established artist from Langport will be showing her latest work  entitled ‘Letting Go’ which is based on freedom…  working in oils, one of her recent abstract images was  selected to hang at this year’s  RA summer show leading to international interest in her work.  Claudia’s  latest work has been produced over the last twelve months using acrylic on board and she returns to her  successful recurring themes of gleaming lanes and dark trees of winter.  Together the three artists have produced a collection of work that is linked by the mutual love of their  relationship to their surroundings enforced by strong and effective mark marking and vibrant colour.  Their work can be seen at Venue 12, Small Down House, Winterwell Lane, Chesterblade. BA4 4QX   Tel:  07725040721 from 23rd September to 8th October 2017   11pm to 6pm  Continue Reading

BCP presents £15,252.03 cheque to Town Council for MUGA

BCP presents £15,252.03 cheque to Town Council for MUGA

The picture shows Gordon Fry (right), Chairman of Bruton Community Partnership (BCP) presenting a cheque for £15,252.03 this morning to the Bruton Town Council, which was accepted by Cllr James Hood (left). The money was raised for the multi-use games area (MUGA) at Jubilee Park in Bruton, at a BCP fundraising event planned and hosted… Continue Reading