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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.

THE WORLD FIRST SUPERHERO TRI SEES PARALYMPIC CHAMPIONS CHEER ON OVER 1,500 EVERYDAY SUPERHEROES

THE WORLD FIRST SUPERHERO TRI SEES PARALYMPIC CHAMPIONS CHEER ON OVER 1,500 EVERYDAY SUPERHEROES

The first ever Superhero Tri, powered by npower, celebrated over 1,500 Everyday Superheroes at the atmospheric event More than 20 teams took part in the Celebrity Superhero Tri alone, each with their own Celebrity Team Captain Celebrity Team Captains included MBE and double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock, who led team npower through the Superhero Tri The Superhero… 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

FIELD TRIP FESTIVAL

FIELD TRIP FESTIVAL

House, techno, drum & bass and breaks extravaganza Field Trip Festival is back from 25 to  28 August. It takes place at the lush Gilcombe Farm in Bruton.    Shortlisted for ‘Best UK Dance Event’ at this year’s UK Festival Awards, Field Trip keeps  things personal with a 3,000 capacity and four-stage set-up that covers many musical bases.  It boasts great production and light and sound, and when the sun sets and rises in the  backdrop there are some truly spine-tingling memories to be made. Add in fairground rides,  all sorts of plush camping options, stalls and a great range of food and drink options and this  is the only festival you need.    The biggest names are dance legends Leftfield, who play a special DJ set covering all the  sounds they are known for, and Faithless, the iconic dance band with more hits than any  other act. They also play a special DJ set and will be joined by the likes of Circus boss  Yousef, Polish house stars Cats N’ Dogz, Eat Static Live, Benny Page, Goldie Lookin Chain,  CamelPhat and many more.   As well as a Ministry of Sound takeover, Viper Recordings Live will be running the drum &  bass tent on Saturday 26th with special guest headliner DJ Hype alongside Koven,  InsideInfo, Cyantific, Mob Tactics & BMotion. Benny Page will headline a three-hour Run  Tingz Recordings, and get ready for Randall b2b Dillinga b2b Bryan Gee.    Times and ticket prices from:   www.fieldtripparty.co.uk; www.facebook.com/events/759482454220386;  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/field-trip-festival-tickets-30329288719.      Continue Reading

Reading Round in Somerset

Reading Round in Somerset

A new-style reading group for Bruton  A brand new type of reading group, sponsored by The Royal Literary Fund, is being set up  in Bruton. Led by professional writer Helena Drysdale, the Reading Round will meet on  Tuesday evenings from 6-7.30pm during school terms, starting on September 12th.    The Reading Round is different from traditional book groups, because there’s no extra  reading or other ‘homework’ outside the sessions. Each week the group will listen to and  discuss two or three pieces of published writing chosen and introduced by Helena. It  would be a short story, poem, or piece of non-fiction – perhaps a speech.     Another unique aspect of the Reading Round is that the groups are led by professional,  published authors. However, group members come from a range of backgrounds. No  knowledge of literature is needed; all that’s required is a willingness to talk and listen.     Often we read a poem, and think, “That’s interesting, but I will think about it some other  time.” The Reading Round provides that opportunity. It’s about taking time to explore  words and meaning deeply.    It is for people who work at least some of the time from home, in whatever capacity,  because they can feel isolated and in need of diversion. The point of the group is to  explore some of the most exciting writing around, but it’s also about coming together with  like-minded people in a friendly and stimulating environment as a change from the  seclusion of working alone. Entry is free.    Bruton is lucky to be selected as one of a few locations in the UK where the special  reading groups will run this year.    To find out more about this exciting opportunity, sign up for a place, or ask further  questions, contact Helena on info@helenadrysdale.com or phone 07807 011262  Ends    CONTACT  For more press information please contact  HELENA DRYSDALE  01749 814982  info@helenadrysdale.com  07807 011262  Continue Reading

Silver tankard returns to Bruton

Silver tankard returns to Bruton

A 300 year old silver tankard has been brought home to Bruton after the town’s museum bought it at auction last week. The tankard can now be seen in the museum in a secure case bought with the help of Lottery Funds. The final display will be more informative and the museum intends to display… Continue Reading

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