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New Conservators needed to look after the Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Two important posts need to be filled with the Malvern Hills Conservators, the charity that looks after the hills.

The charity needs to appoint new Conservators for Colwall and Mathon.

If there is more than one candidate for each post a bi-election has to be held, using the same polling stations and rules that apply in District Council elections.

The Conservators are unpaid, and act as trustees for the charity and sitting on the board.

Protecting the hills

The Malvern Hills are protected by Acts of Parliament, dating back to 1884, and the Conservators are responsible for preserving the hills and for protecting the ancient rights of the registered commoners.

Quarrying at North Hill - one of the biggest quarries on the Malvern Hills

There are 29 Conservators, all of whom are unpaid: 11 are directly elected and the others are appointed by Worcestershire County Council, by District and Parish Councils and one by the Church Commissioners.

There hasn't been a bi-election to appoint a new Conservator since 2000.

Quarrying the hills

The Acts of Parliament that brought the Malvern Hills Conservators into being date back to a time when widespread quarrying threatened to permanently scar the hills.

Although the first Malvern Hills Act was passed in 1884 it wasn't until after World War 2 that the majority of the quarrying stopped, and the last quarry closed in 1977.

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