South Winterbourne Journey audience feedback

South Winterbourne Journey turned out to be one of the most enjoyable, informative and stimulating events I have attended in West Dorset in recent years.

The talks on archaeology and conservation revelatory and the poetry readings a delight.

The village hall was packed by locals and visitors which allowed for lively conversations and the making of new contacts.

A bonus on this memorable afternoon.

1.What new understanding of the landscape heritage of The South Dorset Ridgeway have you gained from this project?

Water meadows – often seen whilst walking the dog but never understood.

The wealth and diversity present in such a relatively small location. Masses to explore once you start digging.

The rich environment of chalk streams and how valuable they are globally.

It helped me to place myself in the landscape, aged 62.

The unique Winterbourne and habitats and dialect!

I didn’t know about chalk streams and how precious, diverse and important they are.

How unique it is.

Esp. interesting is understanding the water patterns via archaeology and Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Jacob Dew – very engaging info. I now feel acquainted with chalk streams. I may volunteer.

Stone and Bone and App. For phone!

Yes I’ve learnt about the ‘silent’ village Winterbourne Farringdon – still there, like a ghost.

The environmental talks were fascinating – habitats etc.

Fabulous to learn about the Winterbourne rivers and to hear Williams Barnes read and to see archaeological info – inspiring!

Came to life with colour and meaning – thank you.

There are more people looking after it than I feared!

2. Describe your feelings about the heritage of the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape after participating in this project and/or event.

It’s alive! with social vignettes and river interconnectedness and hopefully better than Chinese whispers – I’ll pass it on.

There’s a consensus that so much needs recording/preserving but also tending for future generations. Past-present is also present-future.

Understand of place is heightened.

Inspired! Want to find out lots more and participate in projects more as well.

Quite emotional that the old landscape still lives and we are part of it.

People should value, treasure and care for it.

I am hoping to create an artists book based on the area – for Dorset Arts Week 2018 – watch this space!

Pleased to be living here! And pleased that the heritage is being rediscovered and renewed.

Inspirational! I want to find out more.

Beneath the beauty, structure, heritage and wisdom are regenerative. Full of hope.

3. How would you describe the special character of this landscape to someone who has never visited?

Humps and bumps of the Ridgeway – it is evidence of human activity from the distant past that gives this area it’s unique character which is so important to me today.


Chalk – Rolling – Personable – Bonded

Unspoilt – interesting – varied – historical – walkable

Special character – desperately important and beautifully conveyed not just through the intimate poetry, but in the maps and the informal conversations in the room with such committed locals.

Feel I want to walk and paddle in cool chalk streams. Feel buoyant and nourished by Alan Chedzoy’s reading.

Rich, varied and beautiful.
Rivers run through it. Unique habitat all the way to the sea.

Old, small, self-contained, green. Think ‘Tales of the Riverbank’.

Unique, inspiring, ancient, rich in wildlife. Having its own unique culture, accessible easily.

Fluid, lyrical, ancient – full of secrets.

With a little knowledge of local dialect, with water vocabulary meander and pools and rich Bankside and depths and aquifers….fluid and life giving and flood management.

4. Do you feel more involved now with the local landscape? If yes, please give further details.

Yes! The streams not just the hills.

Yes – more aware and knowledgeable.

Yes I feel passionate NOW! And it fits in so well with permaculture ideals and I’ll never look at the water in the same way again.

Yes – inspired to explore more.

Yes, would want to come back to walk here.

Geordie in exile ever closer to conversion. Understanding brings connections, respect and an instinctive commitment to preserve and prosper our shared habitat.

Yes. I’m an artist who also enjoys exploring this area.

I feel I’ll see things differently, in an informed way next time I pass through here and will try to walk up to the church.

Absolutely – gives you the impetus to go out and explore.

I particularly enjoyed the poetry – a real taste of rural life here in the past.

Not more involved – because I already am. The Came/Herringston area is dog walking territory and a favourite topic for photography.

So glad to have been part of the project – hoping to make an artists’ book by Spring 2018.

Absolutely – this project is awesome and I intend to be involved in as much as I can in order to understand and be inspired. Great info and art projects. Thanks