Landscape Partnership Scheme
The Cranborne Chase & Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme
The Cranborne Chase & Chalke Valley Landscape Parternship Scheme was awarded a £1.68million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2019. With match-funding from partners, the five year scheme totals £2.7million.
Celebrated by artists, archaeologists, scholars and writers, the name ‘Cranborne Chase’ evokes an ancient landscape with a rich patina of interrelated natural, built and cultural assets. This is a dramatic, distinctive and historic chalk landscape where ‘voices in the landscape’ can still be heard. Along with a sense of remoteness, tranquillity and dark night skies, Cranborne Chase offers a deep sense of place.
The Cranborne Chase Landscape Partnership focuses on the traditional heart of the Medieval royal hunting ground, and the river valley to the north known locally as the Chalke Valley. There have always been historical, natural and social links between the valley and the Chase downland which the LP scheme will explore and reinforce. A broad range of activities will allow individuals, communities and new audiences to help conserve, enhance, understand and learn about this unique heritage and to become the beating heart of the Cranborne Chase itself.
The Landscape Partnership Area
The Landscape Partnership (LP) area sits within the southern England chalk formation. It lies between the market towns of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum, on the western edge, and the village of Coombe Bissett on the east. The area measures 254km2. It is bounded on the western and northern sides by steep chalk escarpments. The eastern boundary has been drawn along a dry valley where there is a change in the topography at Coombe Bissett. The southern boundary has been extended south of the A354. This has allowed for the inclusion of a prehistoric landscape of national importance, and Martin Down National Nature Reserve (NNR) which represents the second largest area of uninterrupted chalk downland in Britain.
This is a deeply rural, sparsely populated area of 11,000 people. A further 60,000 people live in the adjacent market towns. Just under half a million people live within half an hour’s drive in the conurbation of Poole/Bournemouth/Christchurch. The area covers all or part of 30 modern parishes. Larger villages include: Sixpenny Handley; Tollard Royal; Ashmore; Berwick St John; Broad Chalke; Bishopstone and Coombe Bissett.
LP Project Team
The Project Team will comprise a Programme Manager (FT), a Heritage and Landscape Officer (FT for 4 year), a Communications and Promotion Officer (PT) and an Admin and Finance Officer (PT).
If you have any questions or would like to be kept informed please contact:
Anne Carney, Funding and Partnership Officer
Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, AONB Office, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1HD
Tel: 01725 517417