The Springhead Trust was set up in memory of Rolf Gardiner, a pioneer ecologist. He was an organic farmer and forester, a founder member of the Soil Association and a passionate believer in rural sustainability at a time when farming was becoming increasingly industrialised. His wife Marabel was an advocate of the arts, holding festivals, concerts and theatrical spectacles in Springhead’s magical lakeside setting.
Over the years there has been much effort to build upon the couple’s vision, and Springhead has grown and developed as a centre for sustainable living, as demonstrated by our investment in renewable energy systems, our work to conserve wildlife and habitats, and our orchards and productive gardens. As an important rural venue for the arts in North Dorset, from dance and drama performances to exhibitions and workshops, we are also a centre for creative living.