Pigs credit Dave Penman

SDF totals

To date, the Dorset AONB has supported 214 projects. The total value of these projects is £3.4M of which £574,555 was SDF grants. Cash match funding totalled £2.3M, in-kind match funding totalled £366,200 and volunteers contributed over 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 = 49 projects
  • Walks & Rides = 16 projects
  • Rural Skills = 23 projects
  • Young people = 24 projects
  • Local food = 18 projects
  • Wildlife = 46 projects
  • Allotments = 8 projects
  • Energy = 7 projects
  • Local landmarks = 15 projects
  • Green buildings = 6 projects
  • Recycling = 1 project


SDF Projects 2017

Last year we supported 10 projects that helped to deliver many aspects of the Dorset AONB Management Plan.

Young people's stone carving project: SDF offer £1,236

This project celebrated the stone heritage of Purbeck and help preserve the skills of stone carving in the area. Ten new sculptures were created by young people from The Swanage School under the guidance of sculptors at the Burngate Stone Carving Centre in Purbeck and have enlivened a bland area of wall in Swanage.

Woodland Activity Days for Families: SDF offer £1,000

The SDF grant supported the Allington Hill & Cooper’s Wood & Field Community Group to host family outdoor activity sessions in Cooper’s Wood & Field.  These activities included storytelling, bird / bug box construction, nature trails, tracking skills, flower and insect recognition, bat walk, den building.

Dry stone wall training: SDF offer £1,500

The SDF funding allowed the Dorset branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association to train more volunteers, some to instructor level, in traditional dry stone walling techniques.

Apple Day Mummers Play: SDF offer £500

The Wassailing and Apple Day celebrations that take place annually in the orchard, events when throngs of people join the trees, have become firmly established traditions in the Bridport calendar. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Community Orchard, Bridport Community Orchard created a specially commissioned twenty-first century mummers-style play.

Litter Free Purbeck Outreach Programme: SDF offer £1,210

The SDF grant supported an outreach programme to raise and sustain the profile of Litter Free Purbeck.

Dorset Local Nature Partnership Health & Wellbeing Priority: SDF offer £2,200

The SDF grant supported delivery of the Dorset Local Nature Partnerships strategic approach that highlights the benefits of nature-based health and wellbeing activities.

Bridport Community Cooking Kit: SDF offer £2,084

The Bridport Local Food Group committee have recognised the need for outreach from the main Bridport Food Festival event, that brings food cooking skills and nutritional education to youngsters. The SDF grant helped with the purchase of the Community Cooking Kit, that provides this function.

Orchid Access: SDF offer £500

The SDF grant helped towards the cost of providing safe access to an important roadside verge that has nationally important orchid populations.

Cleft Chestnut Coppicing and Workshops: SDF offer £2,255

The SDF grant supported delivery of cleft-chestnut workshops for the public where the history of coppicing was introduced along with opportunities to make some furniture.  It also brought some old chestnut coppice back into management.

Harvest Film Festival: SDF offer £1,700

The SDF grant supported the Harvest Film Festival, held at Lower Hewood Farm.  Particularly, it helped support the short film competition, which attracted a strong field.  You can view Ben Garfield's winning entry here: https://vimeo.com/240716112.


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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