Quantock Hills Workshop: Programme


1-3 March 2011

Tuesday 1st

Introduction from Peter Coates, David Moon & Paul Warde [Network leaders]

‘From the Environment to an Environment (of Outstanding Natural Beauty)’ (Peter Coates)

Comments and discussion

Presentation by Friends of Quantock (Alan Hughes & Denys White) [i]

‘Upper Glen Almond: A Case Study of Landscape as Cultural Record & Exploring Past, Current and Potential Future Stresses on Landscape’   (Richard Oram) [ii]

Poetry reading: (Greg Garrard) [iii]


Wednesday 2nd

Walk up and down Cothelstone Hill (with Tim Russell [AONB team, senior ranger])

Presentations from AONB team (Iain Porter, Emma-Jane Preece & Tim Russell [iv])

Hazel Riley [v] ‘Recording and Understanding the Historic Landscape of the Quantock Hills’

c. 3-hour circular ‘walking tour’ on the Quantocks departing from Halsway (led by Tim Russell) [vi]

Roundtable discussion, focusing on AONB management plan: ‘How can academic work feed into/add value to the AONB service’s work, eg. by directly informing management plan revision/future joint collaboration?’ (chair: Peter Coates) [vii]

‘Social documentary photography and the Quantocks’ (Gary Penny) [viii]


Thursday 3 March

Research papers and discussion (chair: David Moon)

‘Beauty and the Motorway – The Problem for All’: Tourism, Speed of Travel and the Quantocks’ (Tim Cole)

‘Bringing Environmental Change Home: Integrating the History of Pollution Around Us and Within Us’ (Erin Gill)

Final discussion: what we’ve learned and what we’d like to know (including discussion of publication plans) (chair: Peter Coates)

Looking ahead to Workshop 3 (David Moon)



[i] Friends of Quantock is a citizens’ watchdog organization founded in 1949 in response to afforestation proposals that remains an active independent contributor to AONB policy discussions. http://friendsofquantock.com/

[ii] Richard has to leave on Wednesday afternoon to be back in Stirling for Thursday morning.

[iii] Greg, who is based at the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, Bath Spa University, is chair of the Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment (ASLE-UK) and co-investigator on another AHRC-funded Researching Environmental Change research network: ‘The Cultural Framing of Environmental Discourse’ http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2010/12/06/cultural-framing-environmental-discourse/

[iv] Iain Porter is Development Officer & Acting Manager; Emma-Jane Preece is Landscape Planning Officer; Tim Russell is Senior Ranger. http://www.thequantockhills.co.uk/about-quantock. Various documents relating to Landscape Character Assessment have been pre-circulated.

[v] Hazel Riley is author of The Historic Landscape of the Quantock Hills (English Heritage, 2006), which is based on archaeological fieldwork, transcription of aerial photographs and architectural research.


[vi] A walk across the hills to Holford, while a nice idea, is too complicated as it would depend on leaving vehicles to the car park at Holford for the return journey to Halsway.

[vii] The current AONB Management Plan (2009-14), the most recent Annual Report (2009-10) and two articles (1980 and 1990) by Margaret Anderson on the history of the AONB designation have been pre-circulated.

[viii] Gary J. Penny, The Quantocks –  On English Hills: The Life and the Land (Halsgrove, 2004); Mixed Blessings: Rural Life on the Quantock Hills (AONB, 2007);



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