Shaftesbury’s distinctiveness comes from its place in the landscape. Our historic town rests on an even more ancient Saxon settlement at this high point. We have evolved and grown yet our hilltop town nestles amongst trees and from the surrounding countryside much of the town is hidden from view.
It is clear from our research that townspeople attach great importance to protecting and enhancing our green infrastructure. So we have spent a lot of time undertaking an audit of all the green spaces and also identified the key views, and why they are important.
We also found out that Cranborne Chase AONB, which wraps around the eastern edge of our town, is bidding to be recognised as an international dark skies area – so this too is considered in our plan.