Broad Oak Orchard Nature Reserve
A charming pocket of old orchard - sit a while in the dappled shade of an apple tree and watch the insects buzz by.
Surrounded by thick hedgerow and occupying a peaceful spot on the edge of Broad Oak hamlet, this small, old orchard is looked after with the help of a local volunteer group. Away from the paths the grass is left to grow long to allow plenty of flowers and seeds for the birds and insects that visit, with cutting once or twice a year to keep it from getting too dense.
The reserve has a small information hut, and there are several benches around the orchard making it the perfect spot for a picnic. Contact the Mid Team wardens for more information on getting involved in work at this site.
From Sturminster Newton, turn south off the A357, just east of the River Stour bridge/ traffic lights at The Bull pub onto a minor road. Follow through the hamlet of Broad Oak (1 mile), taking the second turning to the left along New Road, the orchard is on the left just before a sharp bend. By foot access from a number of public rights of way criss-crossing the surrounding countryside.
Access and safety
Mown paths lead you around the orchard from the entrance gate. There may be a small risk of falling branches in or after strong winds. For more information on these and other general countyside hazards please see our visitor information page.
Species and habitats
Orchard, hedgerow, unimproved meadow.
Black poplar, oxeye daisy, corky-fruited water-dropwort, English elm, meadow brown.
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains derived data © Crown copyright and database right 2012.Ordnance Survey LA100019790.
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