Hicks Farm Restoration Project

Plans to give historic Hicks Farm, in North Bournemouth, a new lease of life

This consultation is now closed.

Here are the details of the consultation:

Initial plans are being developed to bring Hicks Farm, which was once a thriving agricultural and dairy farm dating as far back as around 1800, back into use creating an exciting community facility that everyone can enjoy.

Hicks Farm is a key project within the Council’s Stour Valley Masterplan 2013 (read the final Cabinet Decision here), which aims to improve pedestrian, cycle access and information provision along 10 miles of river valley between Hengistbury Head and Longham. It has already seen the creation of the popular Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre in Muscliff and the award-winning Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre.

The proposals

The proposals include the restoration of Hicks Farm and possible activities to benefit residents, visitors and wildlife including:

  • potential for school children to understand and experience farming first hand

  • demonstrations of traditional farming such as hand and horse drawn ploughs, tilling and hay ricks

  • improved facilities including a farm shop, café and barns for community use

  • production of locally grown food in a community garden

  • new river walks with bird hides and wildlife watching

  • volunteering opportunities for all ages and abilities

  • opportunities for people to improve their mental and physical health through contact with nature, care farming, exercising, socialising and volunteering

Consultation process

During August 2018 people were asked to give their comments on the initial proposals through 26 drop in sessions at Kingfisher Barn and Throop Mill. We also provided information on this website and sent forms out electronically to people who could not take part in the drop-in sessions.

During the public consultation a manned information caravan was also available - the information display panels are available to download at the bottom of this page.

Consultation results and next steps

Read the consultation results.

Next steps

We're developing a report as a result of the Resilient Heritage Project, which will be shared with the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

In 2019 we hope to submit a stage one bid for a development grant to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  A development grant would allow us to spend more time developing and consulting on more detailed plans. 

In the short term we'll be letting the farmhouse and working on restoring another of the barns.

Information boards

You may like to view the information boards that were displayed in our consultation caravan: