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Peter's touching tribute to the Quantock Hills
11:30am Saturday 29th September 2012 in News
A PAWLETT-BORN professor has penned a book about the Quantock Hills and is donating the proceeds to a conservation appeal.
Prof Peter Haggett has compiled his knowledge in The Quantocks – biography of an English Region, which tells the story of the evolution of the area, including its geological roots and its history.
The book also discusses modern conservation issues, from moorland conservation to heritage problems and the Hinkley C nuclear power plant.
Prof Haggett, who was a Cambridge don and Bristol University professor, said: “I was born in Pawlett nearly 80 years ago where I attended the village school before going to Dr Morgan’s School (now Haygrove) at Durleigh.
“The Quantocks are blessed with heather-clad hills, deep, wooded combes and flanking villages with fine medieval churches.
“It was the first area in England to be given Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) status.
“I’ve written an affectionate tribute to this gentle region and I hope the proceeds will be of help to the Friends of Quantock in their conservation appeal.”
Profits from the book will be donated to the Friends of Quantock to help with conservation on the hills, and an appeal for preserving the area of Thorncombe Hill and Over Stowey Common.
For more information visit www.the-quantocks.com