Tracy and James created this smallholding from scratch. Having searched for the right place to buy for a few years this 20 acre field came up for sale. Initially they wrote it off, too much work – no buildings, no fencing, no tracks, just grass and not particularly good grass at that! It was a complete blank canvas but with one very special redeeming feature – its glorious views! When it failed to sell at auction – they put in a tentative offer and found themselves in 1998 not just expecting their first baby but also new smallholders.
A lot has happened since then. Different animals have come and gone, tracks have been built, barns erected, knowledge accumulated, thousands of trees planted (something of a passion of theirs), 3 children born, and a total of 6 years sleeping in a caravan making it work before finally moving into the eco home they self-built (the environment is another of their passions). You could say they have put blood sweat and tears into their little patch of West Dorset.
This website links to some of the activity going on at Dorset Forest Garden.
The luxury glamping – romantic escape at Dorset Forest Garden brings together stunning far reaching views, beautiful vintage style shepherd’s huts with peace and quiet.
The start of a National Collection in Echinacea Purpurea.
The Botanical skincare under the label Fizzly Tree and supplied to Glamping guests.
The iconic rare breed green ducks (now our logo). These are Cayuga ducks. Fabulous characters that wander through the forest garden.
The smallholding is an Eden to them and it is the place all the children have grown up with throughout their lives. Tracy and James love to share it with others so you are welcome to come and stay – simply click Luxury Glamping in the menu above!.