2024 – Our 75th Anniversary

In 2024 we celebrate our 75th Birthday with a year of walks and talks celebrating the people, landscapes, history and nature of the Quantocks.

No matter who we are and what our connection is to the hills, it’s the love of the land that unites us all. In our anniversary year, we’d love you to join us in celebrating what’s special about this area.

We’re planning talks by leading writers on nature, the countryside and rural life, alongside everything from glow worm walks to dawn chorus walks, fungi, flower and butterfly walks across all the seasons. We’ll be showcasing the special qualities of the Quantock Hills, the wildlife, the working land and places and opening up a conversation about the future role of The Friends.

We kick off on Saturday 11th May with journalist and broadcaster Anna Jones talking about some of the themes from her 2022 book – Divide: the relationship crisis between town and country.

“Arguably the most overlooked cultural division in modern times is the one between rural and urban communities. And with a growing concern for the environment, the food chain and the threat to the traditional ‘way of life’ of farmers, it’s never been a better time to bridge the divide between town and country, so that both can work together with an improved understanding and respect for one another’s differences.”

Growing up in a fifth-generation upland farming family and moving to work in the city, Anna brings her personal experiences to a wide-ranging cultural debate. “This book will start conversations”.

You might know Anna from listening to BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today, On Your Farm, Costing the Earth and the BBC World Service. She worked on BBC One’s Countryfile for more than a decade and still occasionally produces programmes.

Hugh Warmington of Cothelstone Estate, Chair of the Quantock Hills National Landscape Joint Advisory Committee and Vice President of the Friends of the Quantocks, will contribute the local view and there will be time for questions and copies of Anna’s book for sale.

More information and tickets.

75th Anniversary Updates