Below are some of the things we are doing to support others in Dorset tackle the ecological emergency.

Farming in protected landscapes

We are supporting the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership to deliver their DEFRA funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme.  

The programme provides funding to farmers and land managers (and others working with them), for projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to engage with the landscape and cultural heritage, or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

Find out more about the programme and the impact it is having.

Use the map below, to see projects that have received a grant from the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme:

Advice on tree-planting

We’ve worked with partners to put together a tree planting checklist to provide advice on selecting and planting trees.

Following the Dorset Council principle of 'Right Tree, Right Place' this checklist provides guidance to individuals, Town and Parish Councils, community groups, businesses and organisations who are looking to plant trees within the Dorset Council area.

Love Your Verge

We’ve collaborated with Litter Free Dorset to deliver the Love Your Verge campaign. Verges in Dorset host a wide range of wildlife and need protecting. This campaign aims to promote the verge management techniques we use to encourage roadside biodiversity and encourage residents and visitors to help protect these wildlife havens.

You can read more about the ‘cut and collect’ system we are embedding across Dorset to reduce cutting schedules and fertility of the soil on our verge cutting information pages.

This innovative approach saves money and increases the number of wildflowers and pollinators in Dorset.