We provide a wide range of opportunities for you to get involved in caring for this special place. Get in touch for a friendly chat, or join our mailing list if you want to find out more.
By volunteering, you can do something really worthwhile. You CAN make a difference.
Whether you want to give a few hours here and there or a number of days over the year - whether indoors, outdoors, active, intellectual, in a team, alone - if you care about your landscape and its stories we have something worthwhile for you to do.
Past volunteering projects have included:
practical conservation tasks, including monument preservation within South Dorset
researching land & buildings history at the Dorset History Centre
improving the condition of Dorset's footpaths
Re-building dry stone walls
Improving habitat for wildlife
Contact our Project Coordinator Jill Hearing for more details.
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.