Letter from a friend in the vale!

This letter is full of love for the Blackmore Vale – and passionate, reasoned opposition to building a landscape changing giant solar farm in the ‘Vale of the little dairies’. October 7th 2020 Dear Ms Telford Counter Argument to Applicant’s Responses to public representations re Application forRenewable energy scheme on Higher Stockbridge Farm, Longburton, Sherborne,Continue reading “Letter from a friend in the vale!”

Clean water ponds

Dig (clean) ponds to save freshwater biodiversity In the UK, and probably elsewhere, ponds support a wider variety of species than rivers or lakes. New research, published in April 2020, has provided striking evidence of the benefits of making new clean water ponds (CWPs) for reversing catchment-wide declines in freshwater biodiversity. The research was publishedContinue reading “Clean water ponds”

Community news letter

  HELP SAVE HARDY’S VALE – Visit: http://www.savehardysvale.com STOP THIS 188 ACRE GIANT SOLAR FARMIN AN AREA THAT FLOODS! BE READY TO OBJECT If, as expected, a Planning Application is submitted, then to object to the industrial-scale destruction of a protected biodiverse landscape, described by Dorset Council as “HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT”, youContinue reading “Community news letter”

This is Tess Country

The Blackmore Vale is described in the book of the ‘Hardy Way’ as ‘above all, this is Tess country’.  In Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Hardy describes the vale from the North Dorset Downs: ‘This fertile and sheltered tract of country, in which the fields are never brown and the springs never dry. Here in theContinue reading “This is Tess Country”

The Hardy Way

The Hardy Way explores the Wessex of author Thomas Hardy, visiting many Hardy locations beginning at his birthplace near Dorchester. It takes in the Piddle and Frome valleys, an outstanding stretch of coast between Lulworth Cove and the Encombe Valley, to Corfe Castle and Dorchester, ending in Stinsford churchyard where his heart lies buried. TheContinue reading “The Hardy Way”

The Blackmore Vale

The proposed 188 acre solar farm will significantly affect the setting of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Beauty. Thomas Hardy describes the area as the ‘Vale of the little dairies’. Here is the Dorset AONB Units more business-like description. The area of the Blackmore Vale within the AONB drains toward the river Stour. The areaContinue reading “The Blackmore Vale”

“Found in the old oak copses”

Thanks to Mark, here are a few lines from Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles A Pure Woman’ faithfully presented. Millions have enjoyed the Blackmore Vale, whether lucky enough to live in or around it, or as readers and visitors from around the world, re-rambling the footpaths and bridleways as others have done before them.Continue reading ““Found in the old oak copses””