Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
01202 841400  info@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

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Re-discovering the Millpond

 

In order to develop the Mill we have gained planning permission to greatly enhance our facilities.

Improving habitats and conserving heritage

The opportunity to conserve and improve habitats and to put the Mill's heritage into perspective is very important for us.  A new viewing boardwalk would, for the first time, enable our visitors to see how the millpond fed into the millrace and provide a view of our wildlife and protected species.  Currently this aspect of the Mill is out of view and unsafe for visitors. The Millpond is now overgrown and desperately in need of restoration and along with it the natural habitat species of our chalk stream.

We would also like to provide our visitors with information about the history of the building and how it began as a flour mill.  The Mill is of significant cultural heritage within the community, alongside its current Craft status.

Access from the car park for disabled visitors is currently very poor and a new board walk would provide proper disabled access. A new interpretation area would also provide opportunities for educational activities to take place providing a chance for people to learn about, enjoy, experience and participate in our rich pond wildlife and natural heritage features. Without the viewing platform we would be unable to give visitors this unique opportunity. 

The viewing platform would enable us to showcase traditional craft skills along its entirety with work by for example, glass artists, blacksmiths, ceramicists and textile artists etc. This would add new heritage value to our project and provide immeasurable landscape improvements.

Any letters or emails of support for this project would be greatly received, please email info@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk or write to us at Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, BH21 1NL.