Our impact

It is essential that we understand the difference we make to peoples lives, so we listen carefully to what our users say. We also keep records to help us work out if we’re achieving what we set out to do. Here are some of our achievements from 2019:

School visits

  • During 2019 we welcomed 520 children from 18 school and youth groups (15 residential and 3 day visits) to Springhead
  • The total number of child-days spent at the centre exceeded 1500.
  • As well as taking part in our traditional activities such as den building, country walks and campfires, children were able to use our new range of equipment for observation and recording of wildlife, including bat detectors, microscopes, bird boxes with cameras, fishing nets and binoculars
  • Places for 24 children, who were identified as disadvantaged through being in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, were provided at reduced cost.
  • As in previous years, some of the groups had a high percentage of children with special needs and disabilities.

Community use

  • We also provided the venue for community groups to hold day and residential events, bringing around 650 people to Springhead.
  • These included around 30 Syrian parents and children who have been resettled in Dorset with the support of Sherborne Area Refugee Support. Additionally, church groups and wellness groups.
  • There were also three Open Garden Days as well as the sixth successful Christmas Craft Fair, The Garden of Delights, between them bringing around 1250 visitors to Springhead.
  • Springhead was also visited by family groups who hired facilities, and provided the venue for 12 weekend weddings, which brought in valuable unrestricted income.
  • Our team of garden volunteers clocked up 864 hours helping maintain our gardens

Arts and Culture

  • Performances staged at Springhead during 2019, both in the Mill Room and the Rotunda Open Air Theatre, by groups of local, regional, national and international significance, included: Cornwall-based Miracle Theatre’s production of A Perfect World; Vermont’s Northern Harmony, who performed songs from around the world; Dorset-based folk-duo Ninebarrow; the Pagoda Project, who bring together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation; Methera, an English string quartet ; and singer Polly Josephine, who performed both jazz standards and her own compositions.
  • Springhead was also used for rehearsals such as those by Apprentices of the world-famous Monteverdi Choir, under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner (whose family home was Springhead).


  • An estimated 7.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide are being saved annually following the installation of secondary glazing, energy efficient LED lighting, and high levels of insulation in 2019.
  • This year we also installed a new sluice gate to enable efficient operation of our hydro turbine system and protect the Mill House from flooding.
  • We managed our mature trees and planted new ones, and laid around 80 metres of hedgerows.
  • We also raised funds to develop a new Productive Gardens project with the aim of getting more people involved in growing, cooking and eating fresh produce.

You’ve gone out of your way to make sure we’re happy and enjoying ourselves. Everything has been perfect.



Springhead is a charity
Registration number: 1112083
Company register number: 5370640

The Springhead Trust is a small charity, so any support you give will make a big difference. With your help, we can continue preserving our historic buildings and gardens for the benefit of all, and give more children and groups the opportunity to enjoy the countryside and arts, and learn about sustainable living.

Fontmell Magna
Dorset SP7 0NU

Phone: 01747 811853
Email: [email protected]

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