The 44ha SANG at Canford Magna allows public access to hitherto private land along the southern bank of the River Stour. Its success rests to a large extent on convenience of use and an attractive natural setting. We firmly believe that the Canford SANG scores well on both points.
The Canford SANG also delivers wider landscape and biodiversity enhancement, as well as broader health and wellbeing benefits. Phase 1 (c.14ha) opened in June 2019 and the findings of initial visitor surveys are encouraging. It regularly receives over 250 visits a day from looking to enjoy a natural tranquil setting, many of whom would have previously headed for nearby heaths. Phase 1 of the Canford SANG is held up as a good example in the Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework published in 2020.