Hedges provide important habitat and a source of food for wildlife (and sometimes people too!).
Hedges are traditional, British, and often incredibly old (some of the field boundaries we have today begun life in bronze age Britain!). Like em or leave em, the British countryside wouldn't be the same without them.
Hedgerows serve the practical function of maintaining livestock within a given area.
How can you get involved?
The Landscape Partnership will be running a series of 'have a go' one or two day sessions for anyone who fancies trying the very satisfying practice of laying hedges in the traditional Dorset style.
We will also be carrying out some hedgerow management with the intention of improving the habitat for wildlife. You will learn the difference between contemporary and traditional hedgerow laying - and when and where they are appropriate. This will include coppicing, planting and pruning.
If you are really keen we also have opportunities for Volunteer Rangers to train to a professional standard in hedge laying so you can organise and lead your own work parties.
Our hedgerow days are led by experienced Countryside Rangers, including our own South Dorset Ridgeway Ranger, Russell Goff, and our Trainee Countryside Rangers. All of our team are very friendly and welcoming - no previous experience is necessary and we provide all necessary tools & equipment.
For more information and to register your interest contact Jill Hearing of the Landscape Partnership Team
Spring has sprung, the birds are busy nesting, and we are putting down our billhooks and our bowsaws and taking up our id guides and clipboards to survey the flora of the Ridgeway. The more we know about the wildlife on our patch, the better able we are to look after it, so take a look at our Events page to see what's coming up and join us if you can.
What histories, what stories would these stones, and ancient barrows tell us if they could talk?
What legends, fairy tales, local myths and oral histories have been woven into and around the landscape? What natural and created sounds can be heard high on the skyline underground, along footpaths, ancient tracks, and whispering woodlands?
In a ground-breaking new project as part of the South Dorset Landscape Partnership (The Land of Bone and Stone), a series of smartphone Apps have been developed which allows you to experience this universe for yourself!
Partners SATSYMPH have laid out a series of sound-pools in 7 evocative locations along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Access the sound-pools by downloading an app onto your smartphone, plus background maps, and head out to any of the 7 locations. Once there, open the app, plug your headphones in and wander. Your smartphone automatically senses the sound-hotspots through GPS and opens out the sound experience.
Land Bone Stone Apps 1-3 were made by the 3-man artistic collective SATSYMPH working with DIVAcontemporary, Sir John Colfox School (Bridport), Beaminster School, Weymouth College and Dorset Studio School, InsideOut Dorset, Artmusic, Frances Aitken and members of the public.