More about Glastonbury Conservation Society
It is somewhat startling to calculate how long the Conservation Society has been doing its bit for Glastonbury. It is more than 15% of the tercentenary that the town recently celebrated: 48 out of the now 315 years.
The society was formed in haste in 1971 in order to save the Crown Hotel in the central Market Place from being pulled down, as had several interesting medieval buildings nearby; swift spot-listing saved a number of other sites too. Today the Crown survives as a building but is currently awaiting a new owner.
Another Conservation Society project was to rescue some of Glastonbury’s pre-Beeching heritage: the canopy from the railway station, by relocating it (ironically?) amid parked cars in the main central carpark, where it makes two acres of asphalt easier on the eye. The trees in the carparks are the society’s work too.
Today, Glastonbury Conservation Society:
- obtains copies of all planning applications and exercises the right to comment
- plants trees in town and 10 miles around: 51,800 trees in 48 years!
- hears interesting talks from experts on various aspects of our environment
- publishes a newsletter (approx quarterly).
Read a summary of the society’s doings since 1971:
Read the society’s constitution.