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Here you will find out about the ongoing work that the Friends of Ham Hill have enabled as well as the upcoming projects.

Heritage Fund Project Update

by Rachael Waites SSDC Countryside Manager In March 2020 Ham Hill Country Park secured initial support and development funding of £98,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to take forward plans for a £1.6 million project that will help to conserve and protect Ham Hill for the future. The project entitled “Uncovering Ham Hill’s Past for …

Welcome to the New Rangers

Funding from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage has helped SSDC appoint three new rangers. The pandemic meant that work by the Rangers and volunteers was greatly reduced last year, with two rangers being temporarily redeployed to COVID- 19 support work and the volunteers restricted in numbers and activities. This, coupled with the last 12 …

A big Thank You to YOU!

We are always grateful at how much is collectively raised by folks who pop their change into one of our collection boxes – it really makes a difference. Whilst not all locations are open at the moment. Collection boxes can be found at the Norton Community Shop, the Prince of Wales pub, The Priory Café …

Orienteering Trail Map

The Friends were awarded a grant by the Prime Foundation (the charity linked to Prime PLC, the healthcare property development organisation who have delivered several projects for Yeovil District Hospital) for two projects. The first of these was the Roman Treasure Trail which was completed in Summer 2019 and has been enjoyed by many visitors …

Flying Fox Running

The Flying Fox Running Club is a long-standing friend of the Friends, generously supporting us over the years. In 2020, they organised a Lockdown Mini Roman Running Challenge and made a generous donation to us. After consulting the Ranger team, we are using the funds for additional tools and equipment for the Volunteer Rangers, the …

Wildwood Playzone Extension

Following the success of the original Woodland Play zone, further work to expand it is underway, thanks to funding from the Somerset Community Foundation. The new play features are being built, as far as possible, with timber harvested from site by the Rangers. The extension, due to be completed later this year, will include permanent …

Choose Us As Your Coop Local Cause

We want to support community and family sessions at Ham Hill focussing on mental health and physical wellbeing, especially to aid the community in its recover from Covid-19. People are finding these times very challenging, particularly those with mental health issues and pre-existing health conditions. We will need to rebuild the health and wellbeing of …

Calendar Update

THANK YOU to all of you who bought our 2020 charity calendar, to everyone who entered their photographs, to the local outlets who helped sell them and to the talented team at Stable Design for creating this unique memento of Ham Hill Country Park. We raised almost £600, enabling us to continue funding special projects, …

Roman Treasure Trail

In October the new Roman Treasure Trail at Ham Hill was launched to allow you to go on a quest through time. The Friends of Ham Hill (FoHH) have created the ‘Ham Hill Roman Treasure Trail’ leaflet thanks to funding from the Prime Foundation, as well as support from SSDC Countryside Ranger team. The Treasure …