Pigs credit Dave Penman

SDF totals

To date, the Dorset AONB has supported 204 projects. The total value of these projects is £3.4M of which £560,370 was SDF grants. Cash match funding totalled £2.3M, in-kind match funding totalled £352,800 and volunteers contributed nearly 21,000 hours towards their successful delivery.

The focus of these projects has been many and varied, but in summary they have focused on:

  • Celebrating = 46 projects
  • Walks & Rides = 16 projects
  • Rural Skills = 21 projects
  • Young people = 22 projects
  • Local food = 17 projects
  • Wildlife = 45 projects
  • Allotments = 8 projects
  • Energy = 7 projects
  • Local landmarks = 15 projects
  • Green buildings = 6 projects
  • Recycling = 1 project


SDF Projects 2016

Last year we supported 12 projects that helped to deliver many aspects of the Dorset AONB Management Plan.

Family residential: SDF offer £700

The SDF grant money part funded a 2-night residential stay at Magdalen Farm for 6 families with one or more disabled children.  Activities were tailored to the children’s needs and abilities.

Ryewater Farm Nature Reserve: SDF offer £1,000

The SDF grant was put towards the costs of contract works at Ryewater Farm Nature Reserve, including the installation of a new water trough, clearing the existing fence line, and the installation of a new 300 metre stock fence to allow better management of the important grassland and woodland.  Ryewater Farm Nature Reserve is owned and managed by Plantlife.

Little Giant Wood: SDF offer £2,861

The SDF grant money supported community management of Little Giant Wood, Stoke Abbott, In particular conservation tasks, such as hedge-laying and community engagement events, such as owl walks and green wood working demonstrations.

Community Supported Agriculture: SDF offer £3,500

The SDF funds helped establish Southern Roots Organics, a Community Vegetable Box Scheme covering West Dorset, operating out of Lower Hewood Farm, near Chard.

Pymore Reedbed SNCI Habitat Enhancement Project: SDF offer £467

SDF funds were used to purchase equipment that help deliver the Pymore Reedbed Management Plan. The grant was used to replace worn out equipment, such as gloves and waders along with hiring the Dorset Wildlife Trust conservation volunteers help.

Marine Lab: SDF offer £1,907

The SDF funds were used to establish the ‘Marine Lab’ at Swanage Pier, including purchase of a video microscope and a dedicated laptop which can be used to view marine life under the Pier.

Woodland Activity Days for Families: SDF offer £750

The SDF funds provided finance towards family outdoor activity sessions in Cooper's Wood & Field, Bridport, organised by the Allington Hillbillies and the Magdalen Trust.  These activities included bird / bug box construction, nature trails, tracking skills, flower and insect recognition, bat walks and den building.

Dorset Horse Logging: SDF offer £500

This grant helped purchase a new harness and the adaption of their horse-drawn forwarder (previously funded through the SDF) to allow two horses to use it, therefore increasing the amount of woodland that can be sustainably managed.

Bridport Museum Redevelopment: SDF offer £2,000

The SDF money supported the interpretation of the local landscape in the renovated museum, with particular reference to hill forts and sites of archaeological interest within the Dorset AONB area surrounding Bridport.

Woodland Words: SDF offer £1,950

The SDF funds supported delivery of the Woodland Words project, which enhanced the quality of children and young people’s experience of woodlands in West Dorset, through using creative arts to engage with their natural surroundings.  This project was delivered by Common Ground and storyteller Martin Maudsley.

Meet the buyer: SDF offer £2,000

In conjunction with Creative Dorset, the SDF funds allowed Dorset Food & Drink to engage with the hospitality and tourism sector across Dorset and to build tools to help them market their local produce using the local landscape.

Shearwater: SDF offer £200

The SDF funds supported Artsreach to host three shows in local villages celebrating the art of storytelling and the wonderful seabirds of the AONB

Over the past ten years, the Dorset AONB Sustainable Development Fund has given over half a million pounds in grants to community groups, individuals and local organisations to enable them to take the local landscape into their own hands.

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