SOMERSET Council has appointed a new engagement ranger at Ham Hill thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Jasmine Ely has taken on the role, joining the council's Countryside Team.

This position, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for three years, is part of their support for the "Uncovering Ham Hill’s Past for its Future" project.

The scheme looks to protect and rejuvenate essential archaeological aspects, including the Iron Age Ramparts and the historical Lime Kiln.

Alongside improving habitats to facilitate wildlife and local ecosystems, the project will also see the creation of a new visitor centre.

The council is set to share more details in the coming weeks.

Ms Ely's role will involve exploring Ham Hill’s fascinating past, from its geological conception to Iron Age communities and modern-day handling.

Additionally, she is set to support the expansion and growth of the volunteer programme, encouraging more members of the public to support Ham Hill.

Jasmine said: "I am fascinated by Ham Hill’s incredible history, stories and the nature embedded in its landscape.

"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, 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."