Welcome to the January 2015 E-Bulletin

Building/s and Land required for a new Countryside Charity

The Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is seeking to establish a Countryside Centre. The Centre will provide vocational training courses, special interest courses, environmental education, volunteering opportunities and a range of visitor opportunities to explore the surrounding countryside. It will ensure that young people have opportunities to gain countryside and heritage skills locally.  We are currently seeking to adapt, convert, or rebuild a redundant rural building/s within the AONB to create the Centre. A new charity is being established to run the Centre.

Countryside Center

Unfortunately it is clear from the Business Plan that has been drawn up that it is very unlikely that we could pay a commercial rent especially in the establishment phase of the Centre but we would be very happy to negotiate.

There are specific criteria required of any potential location:

1. Be located within easy access of one of the main roads that run through the AONB:
•    The A30, Shaftesbury to Wilton road – this is the ideal location as it runs through the centre of the AONB
•    The B3089, Barford St Martin to the A350
•    The A354, Blandford to Coombe Bissett road
•    East of the A350, from Blandford up to and including Crockerton
•    The A36, Sutton Veny to Wilton road
•    The A303 West Knoyle to Wylye road

2. On the edge of an existing settlement (within 100-150m) OR part of an existing, well established farm holding that may be more distant from the edge of a settlement

3.    Be available to lease for 20-25 years (this is the minimum length of time most funders the charity would be applying to will consider).

4.    Have an existing building/s (disused/empty) that could be adapted for use as a multi use centre. The charity will pay for and undertake the refurbishment. The building should be located away from residential buildings to avoid disturbance. Minimum space required is 275 – 300sqm.

5.    An area for car parking minimum of 100 spaces (plus turning areas)

6.    Two to three acres of land that would ideally be located near the building but separate parcels considered.

7.    Ideally services should be on site or nearby


Trustees needed for an exciting new environmental charity

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 This is an interesting opportunity to help set up and run a new charity focused on the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The charity will help:

  • Conserve and enhance the landscape of the AONB
  • Ensure that traditional rural trades and crafts such as woodland coppicing, charcoal making  and hedge laying are kept alive
  • Offer young people opportunities to gains practical countryside skills and enhance their job opportunities
  • Encourage and enable people of all abilities to get out and explore the countryside, towns and villages of the area
  • Provide opportunities for all ages to learn about the wonderful landscape, wildlife, history, archaeology and culture of the area
  • Foster the creative interpretation of the area using the amazing creative talent that exists
  • Promote the area as a green tourism destination for those who might want to come to walk, ride or cycle or learn about the area
  • Offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities

Skills that we are looking for: We would be really interested in hearing from you if you have skills or experience in any of the following areas: fundraising/bid writing, project management, marketing/promotion, HR, finance/book keeping or business acumen.

Time commitment:
It is envisaged that once the charity has been set up it will meet approximately 6 times a year though some of these may be ‘virtual’ meetings by Skype or telephone.

Expenses: Reasonable expenses for travel to meetings may be able to be claimed

For an Information Pack, please contact Shirley Merrick on shirleymerrick@cranbornechase.org.uk or 01725 517417
Cranborne Chase AONB, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1HD 

For an informal chat contact Linda Nunn, AONB Director on lindanunn@cranbornechase.org.uk or 01725 517417

Closing Date: 2nd March 2015     Interviews: end March/April 2015 (TBC)


Management Plan Update

The AONB Management Plan 2014-19 has been formally adopted by all nine partner Local Authorities and therefore a copy has been forwarded to Lord de Mauley, Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Defra.

There is a Management Plan 2014-19 disc available that also contains many other AONB documents/publications that may be of interest to you. If you would like one of those please contact the office and we will gladly send you one.

The AONB Management Plan 2014-19 is the result of consultations and input from AONB communities, organisations and formal bodies throughout the area and, this time around, the AONB team asked local people and artists to illustrate the Plan too, with a variety of quotes, poems, photographs, sketches and paintings. The AONB team and Partnership feels the result is absolutely superb! We are indebted to all those who gave their time, effort and expertise so freely.

The Management Plan and other documents are online: www.ccwwdaonb.org.uk
Any queries at all please email: info@cranbornechase.org.uk

AONB Office, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HD
Tel: 01725 517417 | Email: info@cranbornechase.org.uk | Web: www.ccwwdaonb.org.uk