An ancient drove track used by the people of Sturminster Newton to access the ‘Poor Land’ they were allowed to graze and crop by the Hinton St. Mary Estate. The large coppice stools of Ash Hazel, Field Maple and Oak lining the track are now trees and illustrate what happens when management of our countryside stops. In the spring when surrounded by Bluebells, it provides an enchanting and shady place to walk to the town centre and rights of way beyond.

Nearest town Sturminster Newton
Look out for

Ancient Oak trees, Bluebells, laid Hazel hedgerows

Habitats Woodland glades and hedgerows
Site designations

Ancient drove route to Hinton St. Mary

Nearest bus stop On B3091 or B3092
Nearest train station Gillingham (9 miles)
Grid reference ST 791 149
Size 0.5 hectares
Parking Adjacent to the site
Accessibility Disabled access
Owner Sturminster Newton Town Council
Managed by Dorset Council (Area Greenspace Management Team - North) 
How to get there Off the B3091or B3092 follow Honeymead Lane to junction of Northfields

Senior Countryside Ranger - North Dorset

Name: Graham Stanley
Name: Graham Stanley
Tel: 01258 456970
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