(Above) High View, Canford Heath (below) Upton Heath in autumn (below) Broadstone Heath all by Gill Faraway
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted that Broadstone Art Society has chosen to support a major new project the Trust is leading on, ‘The Great Heath Living Landscape’, for their art exhibition this spring by displaying paintings inspired by heathland in Dorset.
The society, which started 60 years ago, invites amateur and professional artists to produce a wide variety of art to suit all tastes. Using local heathland for inspiration allows painters to get closer to nature and produce their own interpretation of the landscape.
'The natural beauty of the heathland provides the ideal subject for painting'
David Herrington from Broadstone Arts Society said: “We were keen to support The Great Heath Living Landscape project this year because many of our members love to paint outdoors to capture the beauty of the countryside, so of course the natural heathland in the area provides the ideal subject for painting. During the summer months the society has a full program to paint outdoors and visit local beauty spots for this purpose; therefore we feel that it is important to preserve the valuable natural landscape that we have in this area.”
An important part of our community for people and wildlife
DWT’s Great Heath Living Landscape project manager, Nicki Brunt will also be attending to open the exhibition and talk about The Great Heath Living Landscape project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to explain why it forms such an important part of our community, not only for wildlife, but for people too.
Nicki said: “We are delighted to be supporting local projects that are literally drawing inspiration from the landscape of the Great Heath. The Great Heath Living Landscape project aims to establish a landscape in which both people and wildlife can prosper. DWT are very pleased to be involved with this exhibition which captures the beauty of Dorset’s heathland so well.”
Come and visit and find out more about the Great Heath Living Landscape
The exhibition, which is themed ‘this is me’ will be open to the public from Saturday 19th April Saturday 26th April from 10am 6pm (4.30pm on the final day) at the Youth Centre, Moor Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AZ.
For more information about The Great Heath Living Landscape and to donate to our appeal, click here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
- To provide enhanced opportunities for visitors and local residents to enjoy and learn about the area's fantastic natural heritage
- To improve physical access to local green space close to high density urban areas
- To develop relationships with local landowners in order to enhance conservation management of land in private ownership and to open up access to more greenspace in the area.
- To provide increased involvement and volunteering opportunities for people in a variety of wildlife habitats on the urban margin
- To improve access to the marine environment on the fringes of Poole Harbour to improve its conservation value and increase public awareness and enjoyment
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured almost £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise a further £50,000 by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. The project is supported by Bournemouth Borough Council. Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council and Natural England.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £5.9bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.