Time To Vote With Your Feet

2015 Sept 27 walk poster

This is the poster for our forthcoming walk, to protest against the proposal by Malvern For All Ltd to build a cable car, and associated buildings, on the Worcestershire Beacon. The image on the poster was drawn by local artist, Roy Jones, on behalf of Voice of the Malvern Hills. The original drawing by Roy is a simple sketch and has greater artistic merit than this colour version. Modern technology could not do justice to Roy’s sketch so that what you see here is Fresh Paint’s rendering of an original line drawing.

As can be seen, the image depicts a family group, taking a rest beside the toposcope, while enjoying the stunning views from the Worcestershire Beacon.  The image encapsulates the simple pleasure that can be had by taking a walk in the Malvern Hills and of the reward, when reaching the summit of the Beacon, of an incredible uninterrupted panoramic view. No hoards of tourists trampling the already fragile undergrowth are to be seen. The family has the toposcope entirely to itself. No artistic licence was needed in that respect. That is one of the great things about walking in the Malvern Hills. You will normally encounter other walkers, some joggers, plenty of dogs, maybe even some sheep. But on many occasions you can have the summit of the highest point in Worcestershire entirely to yourself.

Please see our campaigns page for further information about our campaign to stop Malvern For All Ltd building a cable car on the Worcestershire Beacon.


Understanding the Malvern Hills

One of David Attenborough’s well known quotes came to mind today at the Members’ Meeting of Voice of the Malvern Hills: “If people lose knowledge, sympathy and understanding of the natural world, they’re going to mistreat it and will not ask their politicians to care for it.”

This is one of the reasons why Voice has been working hard over the Summer months in order to bring together a host of expert speakers for a one day conference at Malvern Cube on 1st November 2015 ( 2015 conference programme). As can be seen from the list of talks and speakers, the Voice conference is set to stimulate and excite its delegates. We hope that the range of talks, and expert speakers, from the Malvern Conservators, the Herefordshire Council Archaeology Service, the Earth Heritage Trust, and beyond, will provide those attending the event with a greater sympathy for and knowledge and understanding of the Malvern Hills.

We hope that this knowledge, sympathy and understanding will galvanise more people into taking action to care for, conserve and communicate about the incredible landscape of the Malvern Hills. Let us ensure that when neccessary, the Malvern Conservators and Councillors for Malvern Hills and Worcestershire, hear our voices loud and clear. Furthermore, may talks, such as those to be given at the forthcoming conference, ensure that we pass on that sympathy, knowledge and understanding to others so that they can also cherish this stunning part of the British countryside instead of mistreating it.

Tickets for the conference can be purchased from Malvern Cube and the Malvern Conservators.

Cable car would threaten unique geology of Malvern Hills

Moira Jenkins sent a letter to the Malvern Gazette, voicing her concerns with respect to Malvern For All’s proposal to install a cable car on the Malvern Hills. That letter can be found here: http://www.malverngazette.co.uk/news/letters/12873436.Cable_car_would_threaten_unique_geology_of_Malvern_Hills/

The letter demonstrates that there is a further reason to protect this area against commercial development, namely, its unique geology. The particular section of the hills described in the letter can be seen in this photograph, taken by John Payne (with thanks). To the uneducated, it is an uninteresting slope, which would not have us reaching for our cameras, even in the age of digital photography. However, for those with a keen eye for geological features, the section of scree captured in this picture is something to get pulses racing. The scree is a relic of the Ice Age climate and it is quite delicate. It would be badly damaged by the pylons needed to support a cable car. This emphasises the need for Voice, and others, to promote the special nature of the Malvern Hills and to help educate those of us who would not give a scree more than a second glance, were we even to notice one in the first place.