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Wintry scene takes top prize

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 February 2014

Winner: Hoare frost from Golden Lane near Dunkeswell by Gary Spencer

Winner: Hoare frost from Golden Lane near Dunkeswell by Gary Spencer

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Stunning images of the Blackdown Hills were entered into a photography competition

To see some of the competitions highly commended images, simply view the gallery to the right hand side of this page

Steep valleys blanketed in mist; an avenue of snowy beech trees; a sunlit slope covered in buttercups; children running over hills that roll and stretch to the horizon: these are just some of the images entered in the recent Blackdown Hills landscape photography competition.

The competition was organised by the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership team to showcase one of Somerset’s most beautiful but least well-known landscapes. The winning entry, by Gary Spencer, shows a snow-covered scene on the AONB’s plateau: one of the area’s distinctive features.

Now the team hopes that these stunning images will encourage more people to discover what makes the Blackdown Hills so special and worth a visit.

The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 
(AONB) is considered so precious that it has been protected for the nation since 1991.

The photography competition was organised by the Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership as part of the ‘What makes a view?’ project. During 2013, people who live in or love to visit the Blackdown Hills were able to take part in various activities to champion the views they love most. This will help 
the AONB team to influence planning decisions and better protect the beauty of the Blackdown Hills in future.

The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 
covers 370sqkm of land on the Devon and Somerset border 
and is one of 46 AONBs in the UK. 
The Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership brings together 
local authorities, conservation organisations, national agencies, parish councils and community groups to help ensure that the Blackdown Hills remains a healthy, living landscape for future generations.

For more information 
visit blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/

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