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Welcome to our early summer newsletter

Over the past few months the AONB team has been working from home. We've spent the time creating our new website and planning for the events and projects for the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership, some of them with a few alterations or date changes to allow for the current health situation. Contact the team

COVID-19 Countryside Code

Natural England has created a shortened version of the Countryside Code for those visiting the countryside during the coronavirus pandemic. 

If you're looking for ideas about where to explore around Cranborne Chase, we have a series of walks and viewpoints on the explore pages of our website.

We are adding more walks over the summer but we would love to hear from you if you have a particularly favourite walk that you would like to share please get in touch.
Calling all businesses!

We have a section on our new website dedicated to local businesses. So, whether you're an artist, run a pub, campsite or food retail business please send us any new or updated details for our website. Get in touch with us via email
Farmers - have your say!

Farmers are invited to help shape new Environmental Land Management scheme. Webinars are taking place online in July to give farmers across England the chance to discuss and share their views on the design of future farming policy. To find out more and to book, click here.
Planning in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Cranborne Chase produces a series of Fact Sheets and Good Practice Notes for those seeking planning advice and guidance within the AONB. 

We also have fact sheets dedicated to lighting and how to help make the dark skies of our International Dark Sky Reserve even darker. 

Take a look at our one-stop-shop planning publications page to find out more - click here.
Cranborne Chase AONB Management Plan 2019 - 2024

The full management plan for the AONB is now available online. We also have copies that are available on a USB stick which can be sent out as necessary. Please contact the office for more information. 

Our new app - volunteer testers needed!


Time Travellers of Cranborne Chase
is our brand new AR app, allowing you to delve into the hidden histories of this dramatic landscape, from nefarious (and ingenious) smugglers to world famous authors, to a Roman lady searching for a lost coin. Excitingly we're nearly ready and we're looking for volunteers to test the app in the field, let us know what they think, and to help  make improvements for the future. If you'd like to get out and about and test the app please contact Rachel Limb:

Read more about the app on our website.

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ChalkEscape Walking Festival 2020 - Lightfooted!

We're planning the walks and activities for our ChalkEscape Walking Festival 2020 - 'Lightfooted' this September. While this year it's not possible to run our full programme of walks, our lightfooted approach will still allow us to safely explore the fascinating countryside and dramatic landscapes. We're planning a map reading workshop, a walk focused on the trees and landscapes of the Rushmore Estate, and much more, all led by local experts. If you'd like to find out more or take part, get in touch. Email

Read more about the walking festival on our website.

Our New Blog

"Not just a project description but also an intention – clean, clear water bubbling over a pebbly bed; home to much aquatic life and a tranquil backdrop to life in the valley."  Roland Hughes writing on Chalkeboard

Over these past few months, like everyone, we've been thinking about how we might adapt to our changing world, and what this might mean for how we work to protect and enhance the AONB, and work with communities to celebrate this special place. One innovation is our new blog, Chalkeboard. We'll use this space to write about the history, nature and culture of the area and what it means to us.

We want to hear from you too - whether it's your thoughts on the landscape, poetry, prose, photographs or art. Maybe lockdown has made you appreciate the nature here more, or made you think differently about our landscapes? Or maybe you've always wanted to write about the area. Whatever the subject and whatever your age, we'd like Chalkeboard to be a living and continuing record of people and place in our AONB. 

So far we've had contributions on the
power of books and nature to improve our mental health, the seventeenth century writer and antiquarian John Aubrey, news of a new exhibition by an acclaimed artist and our ranger, Roland, has written about his explorations along the Ebble, which will be the first in a series of his notes from the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership Area. As it evolves we'll bring you news from our projects and activities.

If you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact 

Browse and read Chalkeboard here.

Caring for our heritage

We've just launched a brand new scheme to help communities and organisations in the Chase & Chalke area protect their heritage. The project, Communities Caring for Heritage, will see grants of between £500 and £5,000 awarded  to those who would like to work to conserve the special, historic, natural or cultural assets of this extraordinary area. This project is at an early stage, but we're now seeking expressions of interest and would be delighted to discuss it further before the official process begins. Read more about the project on our website.

Celebration in Silk: calling budding artists!

We've now appointed a lead artist to work with communities to create their very own silk fags reflecting the flora, fauna, history and culture of their places. Communities in the Chase & Chalke area can get involved and learn the art of silk batik painting. These flags will be used at the annual ChalkEscape Walking Festival and elsewhere. To get involved email

Read more about the project on our website.

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