Devenish Bradshaw Charitable Trust
Conserving Laverstock's Water-Meadows and
Chalk Stream Habitats
What We Do
We own and manage an extensive tract of Laverstock Water-meadows, two short stretches of the River Bourne chalk stream, and a small area of wet woodland. Our land lies to the east of Salisbury and adjacent to the River Bourne Community Farm. Visitors can explore our Water-meadows, the River Bourne and associated habitats such as new hedgerows, established woodland shelter belts, and our new Nature Discovery Area, developed with 1st Laverstock Scout Group.
Conserving water-meadows and riverine habitats.
Our water-meadows and chalk stream riverine habitats were once a wildlife oasis. We are busy restoring them to their prime state: reseeding the grasslands with a wealth of wildflowers, pollarding our ancient willows, establishing scrub grassland mosaic habitat along the river, and planting native trees in our hedgerows. Species like this Song Thrush are returning to brighten Spring mornings with their song.
Creating opportunities to spend time with nature.
Peaceful access to the countryside is ever more important for our well-being. As we attract wildlife back on to the water-meadows we are installing access infrastructure including simple rustic benches, access gates between fields. noticeboards and attractive signs. Wellies are essential and a camera to record the natural beauty you will witness is recommended.
City To Countryside Dog Trails Project
Our City to Countryside Dog Trails Leaflet funded by the Wiltshire Council Salisbury City Area Board is now available as a download below.
We have also completed the second City to Countryside Dog Trails project to develop welcoming and informative site information on the watermeadows funded by Wiltshire Council Southern Area Board.
Dog owners are very welcome to exercise their pets in designated areas and trails we are establishing on the watermeadows. Please keep dogs under close control and remove dog litter.
This year we have increased the area of the watermeadows available for dog walkers. We will be further increasing the area of watermeadows available to dog walkers and other visitors over the next few weeks and months.
We are also encouraging the establishment of more dog-friendly places in the City and countryside of Salisbury and South Wiltshire through our Dog Trails Project