Caroline Shipsey

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Save Our Wardens

The public face or faces of the Mendip Hills AONB are undoubtedly Les Davies MBE and Tina Bath but they are faced with the axe by Somerset County Council etc.

Les and Tina are the focal point for questions, problems, fence-mending both real and metaphorical, drystone walling, communication, mediating, negotiating - the list is endless, their contribution to our community and to the thousands of visitors to the Hills is impossible to place a value on. The very idea of a Mendip Hills AONB without the Wardens is madness, their knowledge gathered over the past 25 years is vast, and we have all benefited from it in many different ways.

A campaign has been started by Nigel Taylor of Cheddar and there are other moves afoot.
A website has been set up Save Our Wardens and there are various other sources of information:- - there is an online petition running but you have to register and login before you can contribute.
The Western Daily Press published an article today with comments by Sir David Wills.
The Save Our Wardens campaign is seeking royal backing for the wardens according to another article on

I'm currently looking for a link to the BBC Radio Somerset interview which I will post here later