The woodland work season is now in full swing and members of the community woodland network are running a number of events over the coming month…
You can have some family fun by helping celebrate the new forest school at the Community Farm in Dorchester with Transition Town Dorchester. Or you can get stuck in to some serious woodland conservation work with Prime Coppice or Dorset Wildlife Trust. You never know, you may even get paid in logs for your effort!
Some up and coming woodland events for your diary:
28 February: Woodland conservation volunteers with Prime Coppice at Whitchurch Canonicorum
3 March: Woodland conservation volunteers with Dorset Wildlife Trust at Stoke Abbott
5 March: Family Fun at the Community Farm in Dorchester with Transition Town Dorchester
13 March: Woodland conservation volunteers with Prime Coppice at Whitchurch Canonicorum
Get in touch with Ian Rees, Dorset AONB Countryside Officer on 01305 228235 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more.
The Community Woodland Network is supported by Big Lottery through the Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset project.
The Dorset AONB Partnership are cheered by a new report, confirming that Dorset's outstanding landscape offers so much more than just great views!
The results from a ground-breaking study looking into the value to the economy of Dorset's outstanding environment has just been released. It takes a closer look at the Dorset AONB and the Jurassic Coast as two key environmental assets for Dorset.
Key findings include:
While there are many ways to measure the "environmental economy", a sound central estimate for Dorset shows the it contributes about £1.5 Billion per year and supports around 30,000 jobs. This is the same size as the county's manufacturing sector - but there is some overlap in the definitions.
The Dorset AONB influences around £65 million per year within the area - that's around 1,200 jobs.
Jim White, Chairman of the Dorset AONB said, "This study wasn't about putting a price on natural beauty, but rather look at how the AONB designation contributes to the local economy. I'm thrilled to learn how substantial that contribution is.
"We're keen to ensure that the AONB Partnership maintains this positive economic effect. That's why - as well as working to protect the goose that lays this golden egg - we have projects helping businesses directly such as Dorset Food and Drink and Dorset Woodlink."
Tom Munro, Dorset AONB Manager said, "this is such a useful piece of work for us. I'd like to thank the hundreds of people who contributed by answering questionnaires and being interviewed. We're inspired by how much you value this wonderful place."
If you are planning to turn over a new leaf for 2016 to keep fit and get outdoors more, we will have plenty of opportunities in the South Dorset Ridgeway to help you stick to your New Year's resolutions!