Please put your glass out for recycling before ChristmasPlease put your glass box out on your recycling collection day before Christmas, even if your box isn’t full yet. This makes space in your box for the bottles and jars you may use over the festive period, which means they’re lighter and easier for our crews to empty after Christmas.
Dorset AONB News
Farming in Protected LandscapesWe are delighted to announce the launch of a new programme to support farmers and land managers in Areas and Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks. There will be around £500,000 to support projects in the Dorset AONB until the end of March 2022 and it is expected the scheme will continue until March 2024. The focus of the programme is to: support nature recoverymitigate the impacts of climate changeprovide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritagesupport nature-friendly, sustainable farm businessesThe Dorset AONB Team will be managing the programme locally and you can find out more on our website.
Looking the other way this summerAs summer rolls on and we get a taste for long days and being outdoors, we’re often asked to share our ‘hidden gems’ – places to go to get away from the coastal crowds.The best advice we can give is ‘look the other way’! If you’re on a busy beach look inland and head for the highest point for great views and a sense of space – with over 2,000 miles of public rights of way in the Dorset AONB, there’s bound to be a way up there. Have a look at the Explore map on our website for lots of inland places to discover.Finding a new activity is another great way to explore new places. For younger families, a riverside picnic could make a welcome change from the beach. Or look out for forest school or messy art family activities outdoors. For older families, geocaching and orienteering are a great focus - who could resist the quest to find some of the 100s of geocache treasure boxes in Dorset? Or check out the Artsreach summer programme for outdoor familyfriendly performances and activities for young people, with our outstanding landscape as a beautiful backdrop.
New National Nature ReserveDorset Wildlife Trust are excited to share news that Kingcombe Meadows and Powerstock Common have been designated by Natural England as a new joint National Nature Reserve (NNR), the Kingcombe NNR.National Nature Reserves showcase the best of the country's conserved habitats and support engagement with nature for education and wellbeing. Natural England have designated over 200 of these gold-standard havens for wildlife across the country, joining up nature reserves in a growing Nature Recovery Network where wildlife can thrive and spread. Kingcombe Meadows and Powerstock Common, where marsh fritillary butterflies, bee orchids and bats are among the many thriving species, are wonderful places to visit throughout the year.
Promise to Love DorsetIn Dorset, we are lucky to have mile upon mile of beautiful countryside, coastline and picturesque towns and we want to care and protect our county for the future. The new Promise to Love Dorset campaign is encouraging everyone to be responsible travellers when out and about in Dorset and support sustainable tourism. Even the smallest things can make a big difference to local communities and wildlife.
In the last newsletter we shared this image with you, and asked you to identify in which corner of the county it was taken. Lots of people got in touch to correctly identify this as the Packhorse Bridge at Fifehead Neville. One reader did send us a warning that the ford, whilst shallow, is very slippery, as had been learned from first-hand experience!
In line with the recent Government announcement, we request that all visitors to Dorset History Centre continue to wear a mask whilst on-site. We continue to be open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you wish to visit, please contact us to arrange an appointment: Email: email@example.com Tel: 01305 250550
There is no doubt that Brits love to talk about the weather. From our records it seems this has been the case for centuries! Mentions of the weather can be found in our collections in diaries and letters, newspapers, agricultural records and perhaps more surprisingly in parish registers.Why not have a look at a recent blog that explores how the weather has been recorded in the past.
This time, we have what we think is a reasonably simple, but suitably wintery image for you to take a guess at!Send us your guesses via the link below and we will reveal the answer in the next newsletter!
Want to reduce your single use plastic? If you have a baby, try reusable nappiesChoosing reusable nappies helps fight climate change, reduces your rubbish, and saves up to £600 off your nappy bill! Our reusable nappy scheme now offers parents a nappy starter pack from one of our local reusable nappy retailers.
Cartons need to be recycled separatelyFood and drink cartons (eg. Tetrapak) and cardboard containers with metal ends (eg. Pringles tubes) do not go in your recycling bin - they can be saved up and taken to your nearest recycling bank or household recycling centre. They can also go in your rubbish bin, but they won't be recycled if they are placed there.