In the past few years the Association has contributed £15000 for the recently opened joint National Trust and Dorset County Council Visitor Centre at Thomas Hardy’s birthplace in Higher Bockhampton near Stinsford, Dorchester..
The centre is open every day and includes a National Trust shop, cafeteria and toilet facilities together with a new base for Dorset County Council Countryside Rangers.
At the Association’s Annual General Meeting on 15th November 2014 a donation of £1,400 was presented to Alex Shaw, Garden Guide Volunteer at Kingston Lacy at our 2014 AGM. This will be used to help fund the restoration of Granny Bankes’ Garden which is hoped to be completed in Spring 2015. The balance of this year’s donation will go towards the NT Neptune Coastal Campaign which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2015. The Association will be presenting a cheque for £6100 towards the Campaign at Bella Crawford’s talk on Coast 2015 on 15th January at St George’s Church Hallin Dorchester