2018 National Trust Purbeck Events

Please see below for details of latest ‘drop in’ group meetings, no need to book.

Meet the Ranger’ drop in countryside conservation group (usually runs 10.30-3.30 but you can “drop-in” as the group always meets on site).

Saturday 10 March – details as follows:

Task: Fencing repairs near Corfe Castle
Repairing a stretch of fence around a hay meadow to ensure it remains stock proof. A small group of fields between New Line farm and New Mills Heath are used to produce silage and hay feed for our cattle over winter. So for the early part of the year the fences help to exclude grazing animals from eating the grass, once the grass is cut and collected in late summer animals are then allowed in to graze. At this time the fences are needed to contain the animals. We’ll be replacing old rotten posts, patching any holes and reinforcing the wire.

 Site: We are working in the first clutch of fields to the East of New Line Farm, either side of the Bridleway which runs from Norden to New Mills Heath, Grid Ref: SY 954 837. Approaching from the A351 from Wareham turn left onto New Line track opposite Cats Eye Cottage before you reach the Norden Roundabout, the left turn is just after a dense patch of woodland on either side on the road. Head towards the far end of this rough track where you will find a few parking spaces opposite the NT Hartland Farm entrance. Continue on foot past this farm and turn right at the junction of gateways. Green arrows will be onsite on the day to help you find your way and look out for NT vehicles.

 The group meets on Saturdays every six weeks, carrying out practical countryside conservation tasks 10.30 am – 3.30 pm.   Volunteers are welcome to come and go as they please. All tools gloves and hot drinks will be provided. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.  Tasks are run by Aemelia Roe, Ranger, who can be contacted on 07917 456808.  

 Tasks vary but will include scrub clearing, coppicing, pond clearance etc.  

2018 future dates:

21st April
2nd June
14th July
25th August
6th October
17th November
29th December

Or if you’d like to give our Corfe Castle countryside volunteer tasks a try, come and help us care for the countryside around Corfe Castle, meet new people and get some fresh air and exercise.  Bournemouth National Trust Volunteers join our rangers one Sunday a month, and it’s a great opportunity for you to get involved too!  Have a look at the BNTV website www.bournemouth-ntv.org.uk.

Meeting at 10am at Castle View car park, finishing approximately 3.30pm although tasks are usually within walking distance of the car park so you can leave when you wish. You will need to bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear, your own lunch and plenty to drink.  Mainly practical tasks around Corfe, like scrub clearance, fencing, etc., although the group will also be undertaking some surveying.

Contact; Rebecca Eddy, National Trust Ranger, West Purbeck (Corfe Common), Office 01929 452313/Mobile 07768 766702

 Do you have a favourite spot on the Purbeck coast? Why not become a Purbeck COASTodian

The COASTodian initiative, spearheaded at National Trust properties around the Welsh coast, is a simple and rewarding way to play a part in the care of our coastline. How you help and how often is up to you: You could help our beach rangers; monitor coastal change; or record the wildlife you see on your favourite walk. You could become an ambassador for your local patch and inspire others to care for the coast.

The group will be meeting at 10.30 am on the third Sunday of every month. 

Dates for 2018 are as follows:

18th March
15th April
20th May
17th June
15th July
19th August
16th September
21st October
18th November
16th December

 Please meet us outside the Discovery Centre at Knoll Beach, Studland to help clear litter from the beach, followed by another coastal activity. The day usually finishes around 3.30 pm. You don’t have to stay for the whole session, but if you do then please bring some lunch with you.

If you’d like to receive email updates about COASTodian events please follow the blog on the following link https://ntpurbeckcoast.wordpress.com/coastodians.  For more details ring 01929 450500 or email kevin.rideout@nationaltrust.org.uk  or sarahjane.spinney@nationaltrust.org.uk.

NB All volunteer tasks: under 18’s and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or carer who is responsible for their care.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the National Trust on Purbeck

Best wishes

Rachel Rodman
Volunteer Officer, Purbeck
Currendon Farm
Currendon Hill
Dorset BH19 3AA 

01929 452306