Saturday 13th July 2019
ATF Wessex visit to Stock Gaylard
Location: Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2BG
Join ATF Wessex on a rare chance to explore the historic parkland, wood pasture and ancient woodland of Stock Gaylard – an SSSI – hosting a mix of veteran trees including the ancient Crusader Oak, habitat to rare invertebrates and lichens. As an added bonus, we have also arranged to visit Lydlinch Common in the afternoon.
Situated at the eastern edge of Blackmore Forest, the 1,800 acre estate was formerly a Saxon village in 1086 according to the Domesday survey. A licence to empark deer was granted in 1268, marking Stock Gaylard as one of Dorset’s earliest medieval deer parks. A herd of around 150 menil fallow deer still roam the 80 acre deer park today.
- Arrive 10:30am for 11:00am start (finishing at approx 3pm)
- Morning & afternoon walks around park and woodland
- Please bring your own packed lunch/refreshments
- Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
- Mixed terrain unsuitable for wheelchairs or push chairs
- Car park, café, toilets at start
- Meeting place to be confirmed (lift share encouraged)
Booking is essential – so if you would like to attend please use the booking form below. There are only a few places left!
Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
To book your place, please click the ‘Book now’ button below. Once the meeting becomes full we will update the website with information about a reserve list.
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