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Landowners, farmers & land managers

The biodiversity and climate crises is here and now, but you can play a part in the solution by investing in a step-change for nature through WDW’s membership network - whether you steward 1 acre or 2,000+.

Together, we can create profoundly positive mutual benefits as landowners, farmers and land-managers work together to protect West Dorset from the effects of flooding, drought and pollution.

(Individuals and families are welcome to join us too as West Dorset Wilders.)

Landowner >50 acre voting member fees

Membership fees are based on the size of landholding, much as some farm clusters are.  The funds that you give will enable West Dorset Wilding to have a core income to facilitate its work.  It will also provide seed funding for projects and research.  The Trustees are committed to West Dorset Wilding being a working landowner-led charity, so it has set the threshold for voting membership at 50 acres or 20 hectares.

50-250 acres, £250pa

500 - 1000 acres, £1000pa

250-500 acres, £500pa

1000 - 2000 acres, £2000pa

Benefits include...
  • Joining a national exemplar of landowner-led local action for nature restoration

  • Being a member will enable you to be a key part of a network of like-minded landowners and land managers all working for the benefit of nature in Dorset

  • Opportunities to join and shape large funding bids for natural process-led restoration or or regenerative agriculture in West Dorset

  • Landowner member only events, advice and communications, including site visits, webinars and fireside meetings

  • Voting membership for all levels of landowner.  This means you get a say in the direction of the organisation including a vote on key motions at the AGM and election of Trustees

  • Potential to be a Trustee, or sit on the board as a specialist co-opted member

  • Altruistic benefits from supporting a cause that is very much at the heart of your life and business

  • Use of the West Dorset Wilding logo in your communications and marketing

How to pay as a voting member

To avoid fees from online platforms we would like to invoice you directly for your membership payment, so please contact us through the button below.

Membership Ts&Cs

Please note that WDW may refuse an application for membership if they believe that it is in the best interests of the CIO for them to do so; If so, we will give the applicant their reasons for doing so, within 21 days of the decision being taken, and give the applicant the opportunity to appeal against the refusal.


New members will be legally classed as voting members (50+ acres) and associate members (1-49 acres). Members will receive terms of membership upon joining; alternatively, please contact us if you would like to discuss the terms of membership.


Membership donations may be eligible for Gift Aid or tax-relief; information provided here is a guide only; members should seek their own advice as to their donation’s eligibility based on their own tax circumstances.


WDW retains the right to reject support from any organisation or individual whose objectives or activities are incompatible with our own objectives and values. No staff/contractors receive commission on funds raised.

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