The Neroche Scheme is a diverse conservation, access, community and skills programme running from Autumn 2006 to September 2011. The Scheme was awarded a total of £2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which taken with match funding from partners has provided a total Landscape Partnership Fund of £2.95 million. The Scheme is governed by a Partnership Board comprising of key partners and members of a Local Stakeholders Group. Delivery of the Scheme was led by a core team of seven staff employed by the Forestry Commission who are based with the Blackdown Hills AONB in Hemyock.
The Neroche Scheme encompasses a total of 23 separate projects whose collective aims are:
- To invest in the natural, built and cultural heritage of the area
- To make the landscape more accessible to everyone
- To improve people’s ability to sustain the qualities of the landscape
Although currently funded only until 2011, the Neroche Partnership is looking to the future and is developing proposals to sustain its activities and impact. To find out more about Neroche projects please visit the Neroche Projects webpage.
The Neroche Scheme covers 35 square miles of the northern part of the Blackdown Hills AONB, spanning the border of Somerset and Devon, close to Taunton. The area is characterised by a low range of hills up to 275 metres, with a pastoral landscape of small livestock farms, and a large public forest estate. Click HERE to download a map of the project area.
Neroche Partnership Members
The Forestry Commission, Blackdown Hills AONB, Natural England, Somerset County Council, Devon County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Mid Devon District Council, South Somerset District Council, The National Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Somerset Art Works, and the Community of the northern Blackdown Hills.
Neroche Stakeholders Group
The Neroche also a local stakeholders group made up of local landowners, residents and users. Members are listed on Contact Us webpage.
Neroche Video Clips
Visit our YouTUBE site to see video clips of projects past and present.
Neroche Project Updates
To find out how the project has progressed over time please download the updates below:
Blackdown Hills Woodland Association Wood for Fuel Survey 2008
A report produced by the Blackdown Hills Woodland Association about wood for fuel survey compiled in 2008 is available for download HERE. The report was produced with funding from the Blackdown Hills AONB and supported by the Neroche Scheme and the Forestry Commission