The lights on the Wellington Monument were switched on during New Year’s eve to celebrate the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023.

The National Trust said it would like to thank all the organisations and public that have given their support through out the year, especially the Monument Volunteers, who have been guiding people on tours, litter picking, arranging events and planting trees.

The monument on the Blackdown Hills is visible for miles around, including from the M5. The 175ft restored and reopened tower was built to mark the Duke of Wellington's victory over the Emperor Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

National Trust volunteer John Greenshields explained the role of the volunteer team.

He said that “for a small donation we can arrange history talks, children’s events, tours, lighting displays for special occasions, memory plaques to remember loved ones and lots more. All donations go to the upkeep and repairs to the Monument and surrounding flora and fauna”.

He also added that the Monument Volunteers are looking for more local people to volunteer.

Anyone who is interested should contact the National Trust at Fyne Court on 01823 451587 in the first instance and they will put you in touch with a Monument Volunteer for more info as to what it involves, said Mr Greenshields.

He added: “The Trust and the Volunteers wish you all a great New Year .”