Funds for Local Action

To help keep the Dorset National Landscape special, we have funds available to support communities to help care for this special area and the people who live and work in it.

About the funds we have on offer

The Dorset National Landscape is a nationally important protected landscape, with vibrant communities and a wealth of wildlife and heritage.

Local people play a vital role in the National Landscape through parish and community planning, volunteering and direct hands on activity – all helping conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area. We also have a good record of diverse organisations and businesses working together to do their bit for the environment – it is often the most unlikely partnerships that have found creative solutions to the knottiest of landscape issues!

Maiden Castle (c) Yvonne Blackborough

Farming in Protected Landscapes programme

Through this programme, farmers and land managers can be supported to carry out projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and cultural heritage, or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

Godlingston Heath by Barbara Winzberg

Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund

The Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund has been established to enhance the landscape around Wytch Farm oilfield and is supported by the Dorset National Landscape, Dorset Council, Natural England and Perenco UK.

The fund is for projects that will moderate the impacts of the oilfield on the local landscape, wildlife and rights of way.

Spring Mummers at Bridport Orchard (c) Martin Maudsley

Dorset Community Tree Fund

The Dorset Community Tree Fund supports communities in the Dorset Council area with their plans for planting and caring for trees in their patch.  Eligible organisations include parish and town councils and schools, along with constituted community groups.  Projects must relate to land with at least some public access, and must have landowner permission and community support.   We particularly welcome applications for the planning and design stages as well as for planting projects themselves.

Ridgeway Singers & band (c) Roland Tarr, Artsreach

Dorset National Landscape Sustainable Development Fund

The Dorset National Landscape Sustainable Development Fund  aims to get local people thinking about how they can help keep the landscape in great shape for future generations to enjoy and to celebrate this nationally important landscape we are so lucky to have on our doorsteps.