Kelston Roundhill now open for activities with Moving Mountains

You can now enjoy a range of outdoor activites for young people and adults on Kelston Roundhill. Activities include archery, orienteering, woodcraft, survival and bushcraft. They’re organised by Dan Spencer, founder of the outdoor skills business Moving Mountains.

Dan and his team of instructors already provide activities for students from Weston All Saints Primary School, who are regular visitors to Kelston Roundhill and the old barn.

Dan said “Kelston Roundhill is the perfect setting for families and groups to get outdoors, enjoy a range of activities, and take in the peaceful atmosphere and far reaching views.”

Contact Dan for details and bookings via the Moving Mountains web site, or email

Moving Mountains activities now available on Kelston Roundhill include archery, orienteering, woodcraft, survival and bushcraft.

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Kelston Roundhill in summer by Paul Jackson

Limited edition prints available: more info here. Or drop into PencilTree studio at 5 Cleveland Terrace, Walcot Street Bath. More of Paul’s work at Saatchi Gallery

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Historic Ordnance Survey maps of Kelston and surrounds

Nice visit this morning from map collector John Hancox, who is decluttering and kindly delivered a selection of relevant historic local maps to the door.

Based on surveys from the 1880s showing buildings, springs, field boundaries, antiquity sites and trigpoints the maps date from the 1930s to the 1970s. It’s beautiful detailed work, not made easier by the transition from traditional measures to decimal. As the 1930s maps note:

“to convert decimal parts of an acre into roods and perches you multiply by four to give roods and decimals of a rood, multiply this decimal by 40 thus obtaining Perches and Decimals of a Perch.”

You can see why they needed slide rules. By the 1970s the maps are fully decimal and metric. Selected details below…

Continue reading

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Kelston summit on the potential for social prescribing

We were delighted to welcome the West of England Nature Partnership (WENP) and guests last week for a day-long workshop on social prescribing. The group included occupational and mental health therapists, psychiastrists and social workers and representatives of nature and wildlife projects and therapeutic outdoor activity providers.

Michéal Connors of the Natural Academy kicks off WENP’s social prescribing workshop at the Old Barn.

Social prescribing (see NHS description here) uses state health or welfare purchasing power to buy innovative and natural therapies such as outdoor activities in forests, gardens or sports clubs. Social prescribing is a great idea if it could be made to work at scale, and the sooner the better.

Given the problems such as mental health and wellbeing, obesity and nature deficit disorder on the one hand and the need for new models to make nature and farmland resources viable this seems like a market waiting to happen. That doesn’t mean it will happen of course, either overnight or indeed at all. But it seemed very clear just from observing the start of the day that there’s a diverse and talented group of people keen to take it forward in the west of England. We’re happy to be part of that and to facilitate it in any way we can.

There’s a writeup of the event on the WENP blog:

Practitioners in Nature and Health, Social Prescribers, and others working in health and wellbeing met yesterday at Kelston Roundhill Old Barn to discuss building links between Practitioners and Social Prescribing. The event was organised and facilitated by WENP, the Natural Academy and Ecowild…Attendees discussed the challenges of increasing the availability of nature-based health services and possible solutions to these problems. Discussions identified the need to:

  • unlock funding for the sector;
  • build connections between practitioners, prescribers and funders;
  • increase the awareness (for health professionals, social prescribers and the general public) of nature-based health services and their benefits, including their financial efficacy; and
  • a common space practitioners and prescribers to communicate and to raise awareness of nature-based health services.

Presentations were received from Stuart Gardner of WENP, Michéal Connors of Natural Academy, Emily Malik of Ecowild, Kelly Bray from Avon Wildlife Trust, and Dave Kelly, Managing Director of Storm Consultancy. Slides from the meeting will be made available soon. The group also had the opportunity to chat, network, and explore and connect with the idyllic setting of Kelston Roundhill.


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Song of the golden gantry

We are wind stealers,
sun thieves,
We are Reapers of Light.

We claw in each whisper
we harvest the light.

We build up a store
To hold fast, when the night,
falls hard on our greed
and puts wisdom to flight.

Jon Hamp 2019

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Wind array trial consultation now closed

Thanks for all input to the preliminary wind array consultation, which is now closed. We’ll publish a summary of overall results shortly and share it with the local authority.

You’re still welcome to contact us by email with any comments or queries about this or any other matters:

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Keynsham paper writes up Kelston wind array trial

Thanks to TheWeekIn, which circulates 16,000 copies in Keynsham, for a thoughtful write-up on the wind array trial – see p13.

The consultation will run to 13 Nov; then we’ll take stock.

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