Why not get out and about around  Bryanston village?

One of the most relaxing things to do is to take the family and your pet out on a ramble around the countryside. However, please remember your countryside doggie code: take poo bags with you and deposit used bags in the red bins provided along many public footpaths, make sure you can see him/her at all times and, if necessary, on a lead when requested to do so, especially around livestock. There are numerous walks easily accessible from the centre of Bryanston and Blandford. Take a picnic or aim to visit one of the great pubs in the area. MORE


What is now the parish of Bryanston was one of the manors of Blandford listed in Domesday book. It was acquired by Brian de Insula in the early 1200s and named Blandford Brian or Brianston. There is evidence of an Iron Age settlement west of Bryanston School. Its field system is still visible on the unploughed north facing slope opposite Old Park wood and many Romano-British burials were found when the School was built. Evidence of farming across the parish in the Middle Ages was largely destroyed in the 1950s but can still be seen on the steeper slopes and within woodland. Banks and ditches marking the parish boundary (probably mediaeval) are visible in places. No traces of buildings survive from that time although a manor house and a church (dedicated to St Martin) existed when Bryanston was acquired by the Rogers family in 1410. They held it for 250 years selling it together with part of Blandford to the Portmans in 1662. A detailed map of Bryanston at the time of the sale and engravings of the Rogers house (where Bryanston Church now stands) survive.

During World War II Bryanston Camp was built on both sides of the road through The Cliff. Various army units came there until finally the Signal Company of the 1st United States Infantry Division occupied it in preparation for D day. After the war the camp was demolished although 10 huts were retained for housing until the Forum View council estate was built in the early 1950s. The village tried without success to acquire the camp’s Recreation Hut for a Village Hall. Instead it leased the only building of Bryanston Camp that now survives (next to 67 The Cliff - now used for car body repairs) for some years with the intention of converting it to a Hall. That came to nothing and it was handed back to the Crown Estate in the 1960s together with the Parish Room (the upstairs of the old Portman Laundry now 4 Portman Mews) which had served the village for a long time. For many years a Post Office (at 4 Bryanston Village) and a Shop (at 10 Bryanston Village) served the parish both later combining at No. 4 and finally closing in 2002. In recent years Bryanston School has expanded its buildings significantly across its campus. The development of Ashwood Row and conversion into dwellings of the old Farm Buildings together some infilling has added to the village population but so far Bryanston has not succumbed to much in the way of development and it continues to retain the separate identity which it has had for over a thousand years.


Be aware of nesting birds before you cut foliage.

Watch out for nesting birds The ´Bird Nesting Season´ is officially from 1st March until 31st July (Natural England) it is recommended that vegetation works or site clearance should be done outside of the nesting season, in reality the nesting period may start before this and extend beyond it, in many cases. As contractors we must aim to avoid impact to nesting birds and infringement of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and breaching the European Habitats Directive 1992/Nesting Birds Directive.

When tree or vegetation clearance work has to be undertaken during the nesting season, a pre works survey needs to be carried out by a suitably competent person. As a general rule, it should be assumed that birds will be nesting in trees, and as contactors it is down to us to assess, record and confirm that any works carried out in the management of trees and other vegetation has not disturbed actively nesting birds. There is often the misconception that some birds are exempt from protection i.e. feral pigeons, magpies, crows etc., but this is not the case:

All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) whilst they are actively nesting or roosting. It is also an offence to take or destroy any wild bird eggs. In addition, bird species listed under Schedule 1(3) of the Act receive extra protection. So what can we expect if we find ourselves in breach of the act?

The maximum penalty for each offence in the Magistrates´ Court is a £5000 fine and/or six months imprisonment, and a £5000 fine and two years´ imprisonment in the Crown Court. More information









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