“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Welcome to the River Axe Landscape Recovery project

The River Axe and its tributaries are pretty special. There is only a handful of English rivers with a Special Area of Conservation designation….and yet the river is changing before our eyes. The banks and riverbed have become unstable, the water murky, and the ecology that made this river system so remarkable is under threat.

Ours is a partnership of farmers and landowners in the Axe catchment that has come together, supported and part funded by DEFRA’s Landscape Recovery scheme.

A project with 3 central themes – Farming, Rivers and People


Be part of the change you want to see in the world by supporting the restoration of our ecosystems – Team Biosphere


“If the earth is a mother then rivers are her veins.” – Amit Kalantri

Flowing through the boundaries of Dorset, Somerset and Devon, The River Axe is of national significance, recognised in its designation as both a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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‘A reasonable agriculture would do its best to emulate nature. Rather than change the earth to suit a crop it would diversify its crops to suit the earth’ – Verlyn Klinkenborg

‘It is people that put the culture in agriculture’ – Nicole Masters

The project aims to demonstrate that productive agriculture, the natural environment and a will to counter climate change can co-exist. Farmers manage 75% of our inhabited land. Only by working alongside farmers, and utilising their knowledge of the land they farm, can we realise the potential for the public to view farms and food production as part of the solution to biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately climate change. Over the generational time-frame, the project aims to work towards both economic and environmental resilience within the participating farms.

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‘Unless we inspire and educate current and future generations about where our food comes from, how we can look after our rivers, our wider environment, and begin to locally provide solutions to the global threat of climate change, the project will only ever have a limited time-line’ – Alasdair Moffett, Upper Axe CIC

Upper Axe River Trail

The project will create an Upper Axe River Trail, connecting the existing national Liberty and Jubilee Trails plus the Monarch’s Way and Wessex Ridgeway. It will provide QR code technology educational resources along its route regarding our themes of River, Farming and Nature. Alongside a community hub in Thorncombe, and a further education hub at Magdalen farm, we have earmarked Home Farm, Sadborrow (already part of a pan-European Arla Regenerative Agriculture pilot) where we would like to facilitate the conversion of unused space on farm into a teaching space.

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What is Landscape Recovery?

Who is involved in the project?

What is the Upper Axe Community Interest Company?

What the project aims to achieve?

What are our key metrics of success?

How will the project be funded?

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