Springhead – a rural centre for creative and sustainable living

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2018

  JUNE Sunday 24th THE POWER OF COMPASSION A performance by the Tashi Lhunpo Monks Chant, mantras, music and dance by Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery: a magical window … Read more

LEADER GRANT AWARDED

Springhead is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant under the LEADER funding body. Upon the death of Rosalind Richards – daughter of Rolf Gardiner and life … Read more

NINEBARROW – 12TH AUGUST 2018

NINEBARROW are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.  Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two … Read more

Springhead Gardens

Springhead is a beautiful seven-acre estate, offering formal, semi-formal and wild gardens lying at the foot of spectacular downland. The downs, at the north-eastern edge of the Cranborne Chase, command outstanding views over the Blackmore Vale and Hardy’s Wessex.

At Springhead’s entrance a range of thatched cottages and an 18th century mill form a courtyard with a small pool at the centre, which is fed by running water which cascades beneath the mill building to become a gentle stream flowing into the River Stour. There are roses on the cottages and shrubs line the borders of the mill.

The lakeside gardens to the rear of the buildings nestle in a horseshoe of chalk down land cleft by deep combes. At the head of the lake (where the chalk of the down meets the greensand of the vale) are several springs, crossed by a wooden bridge and overshadowed by great and ancient trees.

Springhead’s gardens are featured in ‘1001 Garden You Must See before You Die’ by Rae Spencer-Jones, published in 2007.