Poole Harbour from Arne by Sue Macpherson ARPS

Green economy projects

The Wild Purbeck partnership will collect the best information for informing its activity, and create plans and strategies to manage the area's biggest pressures:

Conservation products

  • What?  Initially the focus is on increasing the volume of Pubeck wild venison entering the local food chain.  The project will consider developing or increasing the feasibility of other local products (e.g. woodfuel), the production of which have a clear conservation benefit.
  • Where?  Across the area
  • Who's leading?  Dorset AONB

Woodfuel briquettes (Biomass Arisings)

  • What?  Currently much of the wood and brash arising from heathland management operations is burnt on-site.  This project will investigate the potential to produce compressed woodchip 'logs' from this material which would be marketed locally.
  • Where?  Across the area
  • Who's leading?  Dorset County Council

Community supported woodlands

  • What?  Building the concept of 'social forestry' this project will enable a community group to get involved in managing a woodland local to them and providing them with training and expert support for that work.  Community volunteers will be rewarded with a firewood dividend for their efforts.
  • Where? Potentially Langton Westwood, Langton Matravers
  • Who's leading?  National Trust / Dorset AONB

Workplace opportunities (Woodland Apprentice)

  • What?  Local jobseekers will be offered volunteer placements with various of the Wild Purbeck partnership with a view to helping them develop environmental careers.  Training support and other rewards for volunteers are to be offered.
  • Where? Across the area
  • Who's leading?  Dorset County Council

Practitioner training

  • What?  Relevant courses on environmental management are to be developed for farmers and land managers and offered in a variety of formats.
  • Where? Across the area
  • Who's leading?  Kingston Maurward College


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