Have a go: Meadow Restoration

In the depths of the Marshwood Vale lies Baber’s Farm.  It’s a gem!  Owned by the Countryside Restoration Trust, it’s awash with wildlife from barn owls to bats, orchids to butterflies.  Every now -and-again, some of the grass needs a bit of TLC.  Come along and lend a hand to get rid of some creeping scrub and learn more about this fascinating place…

(c) Nick Gray

About the event

In partnership with the Countryside Restoration Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust, and funded by the National Grid, we are looking after the landscape in this part of West Dorset.  It’s a hot-spot for flower-rich meadows, but in Dorset we’ve lost 97% of our lowland meadows over the past 70 years, so every last acre is precious.  To keep those at Baber’s Farm in good nick, we’ll be snipping, dragging and burning scrub to the delight of the grassland and all its inhabitants, including cowslips that will be indulging foraging bumblebees!

The session will be led by experts from Dorset Wildlife Trust with their band of merry volunteers.  No experience is needed (just enthusiasm).  All equipment will be provided, along with instructions.  Just bring old, warm clothes and sturdy boots.

This event is part of our celebrations for 60 years of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Marshwood Vale

Date and times


  • All places FREE

Booking and further information

This event is FREE but booking is essential. Please book your place on our Eventbrite page where you will also find further information on location, times and access arrangements.

If you have further queries, please do contact Kate Townsend, Dorset AONB Project Support