Introducing the Landscape Conservation Action Plan for the South Dorset Ridgeway. The plan sets out why this landscape is special, provides a detailed description of the landscape character, outlines significant forces for change and provides detailed project descriptions and work plans.
From the outset the ambition for the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership has been that this scheme of work is just the start of our work towards a longer term vision. The later sections describe how we will work towards sustaining the outcomes of the projects in the longer term and how we will evaluate our effectiveness, thus providing essential management information to guide our future work.
Section 5 - detailed project descriptions and work plans for:
Programme A - Conserving or restoring built or natural heritage
SDR-A1 – Linking the Ridgeway (incorporating Black Down restoration)
Landowner advice and grant scheme to restore habitat, improve connectivity and permeability of habitat and conserve farmland birds & butterflies as key indicators. The creation of grazing compartments on Black Down to support restoration and management of lowland heath.
SDR-A2 - Wonders of the Winterbourne
Restoration of sections of South Winterbourne and learning activities related to its importance.
SDR-A3 – Carbon Club
Promoting more efficient farming operations through farmer led discussion groups and workshops.
SDR-A4 – Heritage on the Edge
Conserving and restoring small built heritage features, such as dry stone walls, ancient monuments, hedgerows, fingerpost and roadside verges.
Programme B - Participation in heritage conservation
SDR-B6 - Discovering your natural and historic environment
Informing, enthusing, training and supporting people in exploring and recording their natural and historic environment.
SDR-B8 – Celebrating the Ridgeway
A programme of events and summer holiday workshops includes Inside Out Dorset 2014 - a major performing arts based event.
SDR-B9 – Ridgeway Radio
Journalistic training for young people in rural communities and support to produce their own material for broadcast/publication based around the oral histories of older people within their community.
SDR-B10 – Handing Down Heritage
Artist led, community based project to record and celebrate local people's lives and relationship to the place they live through sound recordings and visual art
SDR-B11 – SatScape (GIS geolocated soundscape)
Creating a series of virtual soundscapes in the landscape, experienced using GPS enabled smart phones via an app.
Programme C - Improving access to and learning about this landscape
SDR-C12 – Perceptions of prehistory
The development of a scheme-wide Community Archaeology Project developed and led by Bournemouth University. BU will research and develop a best practise model that will be an integral part of the Schemes legacy.
SDR-C13 – Black Down
Developing easy access trail and interpretation on Black Down, a key site within the South Dorset Ridgeway.
SDR-C14 – The Old Ways
Access improvements, interpretation and promotion of 10 circular walks and the piloting of a ‘Tramper buggy’ hire operation in association with a local business.
SDR-C15 – Field Days
Archaeological field walks with artistic response to found and collection objects, resulting in touring exhibition around the Scheme area.
SDR-C16 – South Dorset Ridgeway Museum Gallery
An interpretive refit of Archaeology Gallery in Dorset County Museum to tell the stories of the South Dorset Ridgeway.
SDR-C17 – Pick it up and pass it on
An extensive schools programme that includes South Dorset Ridgeway Emporium of Curiosities (interpretive learning space to tour schools) and support for teachers to develop their own materials that draw on landscape heritage. It also includes the provision of Forest School training to enable more young people to use the Ridgeway as an outdoor classroom.
SDR-C18 – Rooting around the Ridgeway
A cultural heritage project with three elements; reading groups/landscape in literature, local folk music (especially the Hammond Collection) and Church architecture/West Galleries.
Programme D - Training opportunities in heritage skills
SDR-D19 – Understanding the Ridgeway
A 20 week evening/weekend course on the heritage of the Ridgeway landscape delivered and accredited by Kingston Maurward College.
SDR-D20 – Ranging over the Ridgeway
The training and support of 40 Volunteer Rangers over the life of the Scheme and 2 Trainee Rangers per year. The input of these Volunteer and Trainee Rangers will play a huge part in the success of many of the projects within the Scheme.
SDR-D21 – Felt the Ridgeway
Local people participating in making a touring, felt and wool 'Ridgeway' to be displayed in Village Halls and other spaces around the Ridgeway, each community adding their own contribution.
SDR-D22 – Farming for Heritage
Free farming skills development and offers of various training courses to farm workers in the project area
Programme E - Scheme management
Details are currently being updated and will follow shortly