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Holton Lee

Livability Holton Lee is a wellbeing discovery centre set in 350 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. It is part of the Livability family of services. We aim to support visitors in feeling good about themselves by encouraging them to build friendships and develop a sense of accomplishment.

From gardening, forestry therapy, arts and ceramics, bird watching, walking and accessible camping, visitors can benefit from an inclusive and supportive community.

The mix of beautiful landscapes and thriving garden projects is perfect for mindful relaxation and absorbing activity. The centre is open to the general community and also has a particular understanding of disability and mental health.

Perfectly situated in rural Dorset, Thorncombe Wood and Black Heath are only a small part of the beautiful landscape that inspired Thomas Hardy. With paths to Puddletown Forest and Dorchester along the local rights of way, it is easy to take your adventure that little bit further.

Thorncombe woods

Thorncombe Woods is a magical pocket of mixed woodland that gives way to Black Heath and Rushy Pond, famed for inspiring the work of Thomas Hardy.

The 26 hectare mixed woodland and heath site has a great diversity of trees including mature oaks, sweet chestnut and beech. It also boasts a small hazel coppice, home to the much loved dormouse.

The central wood is home to giant beech trees that stretch out their limbs casting cool shade in the summer and littering the forest floor with a crunchy carpet of beech nuts in late autumn. The sweet chestnut to the north twist skyward amongst a mass of spiky leaved holly trees whilst the hazel coppice on the southern tip is known by locals to be the first spot in the wood to burst with bluebells in the spring.

Thorncombe woods

Thorncombe Woods is a magical pocket of mixed woodland that gives way to Black Heath and Rushy Pond, famed for inspiring the work of Thomas Hardy.

The 26 hectare mixed woodland and heath site has a great diversity of trees including mature oaks, sweet chestnut and beech. It also boasts a small hazel coppice, home to the much loved dormouse.

The central wood is home to giant beech trees that stretch out their limbs casting cool shade in the summer and littering the forest floor with a crunchy carpet of beech nuts in late autumn. The sweet chestnut to the north twist skyward amongst a mass of spiky leaved holly trees whilst the hazel coppice on the southern tip is known by locals to be the first spot in the wood to burst with bluebells in the spring.

Perfectly situated in rural Dorset, Thorncombe Wood and Black Heath are only a small part of the beautiful landscape that inspired Thomas Hardy. With paths to Puddletown Forest and Dorchester along the local rights of way, it is easy to take your adventure that little bit further.

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Our key aim here at Dorset Forest School is for all children in Dorset to access Forest School, which is why we are passionate about training others. There are a number of options for how we can take you through training, some of which are subsidised.

You first need to decide which training is most appropriate for you: Please contact Maddy using the link below or complete our contact form to explore your options.