‘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.

Education and Social Hedging

The project will look to play a role in addressing the societal disconnect between farming, food production and the local community as well as between the local community, the local river and it’s surrounding nature. A teaching space will offer opportunity for ‘ground-up’ farmer to farmer idea and knowledge exchange as is already present with the nearby Marshwood Vale Farm Cluster Group

Alongside AVRA (Axe Vale River’s Association) , Magdalen Farm School Trips and Residential Learning | Magdalen Farm and AHDB Education we are developing a Farming, Nature and River based education resource that aims to inspire future generations to continue the work of the project.

Social hedging

Within the twenty years of the project, an approach to hedge planting and maintenance will be instigated which will bring many benefits to wildlife, carbon sequestration, reduction in diffuse pollution and the appearance of the landscape. Hedgerow restoration will produce employment (possibly for new entrants), saleable hedge products and plenty of tree standards which are twenty years old. One model for restoration can be the use of volunteer groups to assist the hedger, this will allow the viable abstraction of small diameter material which in turn can be processed and sold at the cost of production to local people in fuel poverty.

We will :

  • Engage the community and inspire and educate future generations