SOLD: Hardy Meadow £59,000 Freehold


With lush green pastures and an extensive frontage on to the River Frome, Hardy Meadow is an idyllic piece of land and would be perfect for anyone with amenity or conservation interests. At just over 3 acres in size, it presents as a neatly contained opportunity to plant a yound woodland and rewild the land. The land also benefits from direct access from the A356 and private parking.

The eastern boundary is formed by a well established hedgerow, which also continues across half of the northern edge, before the River Frome takes over providing the remainder of the northern boundary and entire western boundary. The river meanders as it hugs the meadow, creating a generous frontage of over 200 meters. As a chalkstream, the River Frome is incredibly clear and provides a wonderful source of water for land, as well as an opportunity for a spot of fishing or wild swimming. The broadleaved species which populate the banks of the river provide privacy and shady spots on sunny days. These trees will also provide a useful seed source for natural regeneration of the land. The southern boundary is demarcated with a line of stakes.

The meadow itself is down to grass having been previously used as pastureland for livestock. The land undulates extremely gently, rising up from entrance gate to comparatively higher ground, before dropping away again towards the river. A prospective owner may wish to plant trees across the entirety of the land, or indeed reserve some space for a wildflower meadow.

The area is a haven for wildlife with the hedgerows, river and native tree species attracting a variety of birds, insects and mammals. This would only be further complimented by the addition of young trees.

In terms of finding the meadow, whilst heading north up the A356 from Dorchester, the “Planting Land” sign can be seen on the left hand side by a lay-by 2km after the village of Frampton (with a further 2km to go before reaching Maiden Newton). Please park here and go through the gate and turn immediately right, and go through a further gate. Walk north along the perimeter of the field (with the hedge on your right) until you reach a small compound with two entrance gates, of which the further one is for Hardy Meadow.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


The River Frome:

The River Frome is one of the major chalkstreams in South West England, flowing for 35 miles from Evershot down to Poole Harbour. Chalk streams are rivers that rise from springs in landscapes with chalk bedrock, which for the River Frome is the rolling chalk hills surrounding its upper course, between Evershot and Maiden Newton. Since chalk is permeable, water percolates easily through the ground to the water table, meaning the water in the stream contains little organic matter and is generally incredibly clear. ‘Frome’ is an old Celtic river name meaning ‘fair’ or ‘fine’.

Frome Valley Trail:

The meadow is situated within a 5 minute walk of the renowned Frome Valley Trail, which can be both walked and cycled. The walking trail is 16 miles long and the cycling trail is 14 miles. Maps of the route can be viewed here.

Rights and covenants

Hardy Meadow comes with freehold title and there are no public rights of way across the land.

Local area and history

The nearby village of Maiden Newton, where local amenities can be found, was recorded as Newetone in the 1086 Domesday Book, and, in more recent times, provided the inspiration and basis of the village of Chalk-Newton which features in many of the works of Thomas Hardy.

Wood maps

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

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This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 194
  • Grid ref: SY 608 962
  • Nearest post code: DT2 0BY
  • GPS coordinates: 50.764, -2.55692

Location map


Hardy Meadow is located just outside the village of Maiden Newton in Dorset. Dorchester is around a 10 minute drive away to the South, and Bridport around 20 minutes by car to the East.

Click here for Bing Maps directions, enter your own postcode, (the location coordinates are already entered), and click on the "Directions" box. This will take you to the roadside gate where you can park.

Satnav: the postcode DT2 0BY is the nearest to the lay-by and sign where you can park.

Coordinates for satnav are: N50.764, W-2.55692 for the metal access gate and sign in the lay-by where you can park.

Bing maps location

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

EITHER £300 for a woodland course of your choice

OR £300 contribution towards buying trees, tree shelters or stakes

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

Idyllic Dorset river meadow within easy reach of Dorchester, Bridport and the Jurassic Coast.

Managed by Anton Baskerville

Telephone: 07952 694 652

Email: [email protected]