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."

The study was commissioned by Dorset County Council, the Dorset AONB Partnership and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Partnership, and was carried out by economic consultants Ash Futures

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."



A new interactive walking trail is seeking to attract people of all ages to explore the magnificent sights of the South Dorset Ridgeway in partnership with a Littlemoor primary school.

Have your say on proposals to remove a section of National Grid’s overhead transmission line in the Dorset AONB.
National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project will reach a major milestone at the end of the year when the team behind it will submit a planning application for the scheme.

At dusk on Saturday 2nd September, Landance will present a unique open-air promenade performance, starting in the Maumbury Rings in Dorchester.


Dorset Food & Drink promotes the fantastic and diverse produce and producers of this beautiful county.  A not-for-profit Community Interest Company has been set up to manage its ongoing programme and to enable it to act commercially, for the benefit of Dorset's communities and landscapes.

We're seeking people willing to volunteer a minimum of about 4 hrs / month as non-executive directors to help take DF&D forward.  Are you able to volunteer that time, and do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help make a great success of DF&D?

Please read this document for more details and get in touch if you're keen...






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