New ranger aims to boost Somerset attraction Ham Hill

A NEW ranger aims to bring the story of Ham Hill to the public in a new role.

Jasmine Ely has been appointed as an engagement ranger at the South Somerset landmark for the next three years, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of their support for the Uncovering Ham Hill’s Past for its Future project.

The initiative aims to safeguard and restore archaeological features, including the Iron Age Ramparts and the historic Lime Kiln.

Habitat enhancements will promote biodiversity, benefiting wildlife and local ecosystems, and the construction of a new visitor centre will be the centrepiece of the project.

In her role, Somerset Council said Jasmine will delve into Ham Hill’s history, spanning from its geological origins to Iron Age settlements and present-day management.

Public events, school visits and activities are planned, with Jasmine also tasked with expanding the volunteering programme and encouraging more people to get involved at Ham Hill.

“I am fascinated by Ham Hill’s incredible history, stories and the nature embedded in its landscape,” she said.

“This iconic site is my passion, and strengthening the bonds between the local community and visitors to bring a greater understanding of what makes Ham Hill so special will be the key to securing its future.

“I am also excited about Ham Hill’s diverse flora and fauna, and I can’t wait to share the wonders of its wildlife and bring people closer to nature.”

Lead member for environment and climate change at the council, Dixie Darch, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jasmine to our amazing team at Ham Hill. Her role as engagement ranger will help us guide and inform visitors, as we set out and implement new and exciting plans to preserve and future-proof this spectacular jewel in the Somerset landscape.

“Thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and other generous benefactors, we now have the resources to showcase Ham Hill in the way it deserves, with a dedicated person to inspire and encourage visitors to connect with the site and its nature and bring them closer to all it has to offer.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about getting involved at Ham Hill can contact Jasmine by email to

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