Bere Marsh Farm

About the Farm

On 30 June 2020 we completed the purchase of Bere Marsh Farm, just outside Shillingstone and on the River Stour. This was nearly 5 years after we first visited, and fell in love, with the property.

It is a fantastic farm with a history of hope and conservation. It lies close to the village of Shillingstone. The River Stour runs alongside, and often over it when the floodplain does what floodplains are supposed to do flood. Just beyond is Hambledon Hill, a big chunk of chalk rising to over 600 feet — a place of incredible history, botany and geology.

There is wetland, grassland and woodland. We hope to have a small milking herd of cows, a small flock of Dorset sheep, free-range hens and orchard. It has a trailway, footpaths, a bridleway. To put it in modern parlance, it has a high footfall — a lot of people walk by it and through it.

The purchase of Bere Marsh Farm was made possible following many donations from our Friends when Gordon first died, plus ongoing donations in the five years we have been trying to make our dream a reality. In 2019 we received two very generous legacy donations which meant we finally had enough money to complete the purchase.

We'll update you further once plans are underway! It's all very exciting! 


Set in the gorgeous Dorset countryside.

Barn owl painting by Millie 
During the summer we spent many a evening sitting quietly waiting to see the Barn Owls flying to and fro from the barn to feed their chicks. One evening we saw the two young peeking out, Millie was SO excited. The barn needs a lot of work and so Millie decided to help. She decided to do a balance bike ride from the farm to Sturminster Newton along the trailway and back, over 5 miles, with the pull of a sausage roll when she gets to Sturminster!

Millie says 'The Barn Owl's need their barn, because that's their home. I love them, please help me'

The Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) is currently fundraising to conserve a very weather-beaten Victorian Barn on Bere Marsh Farm in Dorset. For the past 20 years this barn has been home to nesting Barn Owls with chicks born in 15 of them, including this year.

If urgent works are not completed on the barn it will be lost forever and Barn Owls will lose their home. To comply with guidance from the Barn Owl Trust, this work needs to be carried out before it becomes yet more weather-beaten and the owls begin a new breeding season by mid-winter.

Millie Owl