Public Health Programmes



Somerset’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Nature and Wellbeing Project

Feb 2016 – Aug 2018


Project Overview

Funded by Somerset Public Health, Somerset’s AONB Nature and Wellbeing Project aims to develop and coordinate a sustainable initiative that enables local people to improve their physical and mental wellbeing by participating in informal activities on the Blackdown, Mendip and Quantock Hills. This may range from supporting people to tackle barriers that prevent them from experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits of these top quality natural environments, to setting up particular activities and events for specific groups.


The project will focus on targeting communities that lie geographically close to the 3 AONBs, specifically:

Blackdown Hills: Taunton, Chard, Wellington

Mendip Hills: Wells, Cheddar and Burnham-on-Sea

Quantock Hills: Taunton, Bridgwater and Williton


Nature and Wellbeing Officer - Kristen Lambert

Having worked on and coordinated outdoor play, community development and active travel projects for various different charities and associations, I am really excited about working to establish health and wellbeing partnerships across the 3 areas of the county and supporting more groups and individuals to reap the various health and wellbeing benefits of these natural landscapes.  I am particularly looking forward to working in beautiful Somerset once again!


As Nature and Wellbeing Officer I aim to:

  • Increase awareness of what Somerset’s AONBs offer.
  • Engage with local health and wellbeing partners to develop a menu of activities that will lead to offering a range of introductory pilot sessions across the 3 areas.
  • Encourage specific groups and individuals not currently accessing Somerset’s AONBs, to visit and experience the benefits to physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • To ensure project sustainability, provide information and training to relevant professionals and groups, in order to develop confidence and knowledge in accessing Somerset’s AONBs for future visits and activities.

I will work 3 days a week (usually Monday-Wednesday) across the 2.5 year project.


Contact Details

If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please don’t hesitate to contact me:


Telephone: 01823 451 884