Bemerton Folly

Bemerton Folly Local Nature Reserve

The wood is managed by Salisbury City Council and consists of 11 hectares of mixed woodland, including a network of footpaths for you to explore and enjoy the area.


Historical maps show that the area was first established as a woodland sometime in the early 1900s, nearly 50 years before the building of the first houses in what would later be known as Bemerton Heath. The housing estate continued to grow, fortunately, the woodland, known locally as ‘The Folly’ remained and was established as a Local Nature Reserve in 2003. The designation of Bemerton Heath Woodland and Barnard's Folly Woodland as Local Nature Reserves is supported by English Nature and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

Birds and Animals

The mixed woodland provides an excellent habitat for numerous bird species. Among common British birds, a recent survey also recorded some rarer species including Treecreepers, Spotted Flycatchers, Sparrowhawks and the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Buzzards, and less commonly Red Kites, have also been spotted circling above the wood. Pipistrelle bats, which are a protected species, have been noted to feed here, hedgehogs may be seen and grey squirrels are a common sighting.


‘The Folly’ comprises a number of species of broad-leaved trees, typical of an English woodland environment, including oak, beech, ash and sycamore with a lesser number of conifers, predominantly larch, and a diverse woodland ground flora. Bluebells and daffodils are abundant in spring and fruit plants, such as red currant, gooseberry and raspberry were found in a recent wildlife survey.

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Bemerton Heath Centre

The Bemerton Heath Centre, is run and funded by Salisbury City Council, and based on Pinewood Way within Bemerton Heath and is a place for the whole community.

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The Centre was set up as a venue to provide advice, information and services and as an outreach centre to deliver adult education, promote social inclusion, provide a focal point for the community and offer a place for residents to meet. The Centre’s aims are achieved through a series of regular classes, activities and special events. These include adult education courses, youth clubs, after school activities clubs, over 60s lunch clubs and drop in services. Volunteers, both residents and non-residents of Bemerton Heath, are always welcome to join us to help expand our activities.

Bishopdown Fun Day

Bishopdown Fun Day is taking place on 24 August
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Enjoy a free family day out on your doorstep brought to you by the Communities Team at Salisbury City Council. 

Enjoy activities, workshops, enterntainment and much more at Bishopdown Sports Field. 




Bemerton Heath Fun On The Green

Bemerton Heath Fun on the Green is returning on Thursday 28 July from 11am - 3pm

Enjoy a free family day out on your doorstep brought to you by the Communities Team at Salisbury City Council. 

There is no dedicated parking for the event so we recommend that you avoid driving to the event.
For information on bus routes/times or alternative ways to get to the event you can visit our Information Centre where a member of the team will be able to assist you.


Salisbury Big Business Event 2016


SCC Big Business 2016 FlyerThe Salisbury Big Business Event for 2016 is taking place in The Guildhall, Salisbury from 19 - 21 April.

Salisbury City Council will be hosting Salisbury Big Business Event for the fourth year which aims to give local businesses of all sizes free help and advice to set up, run and enhance businesses.

During this three day event we will be holding a Salisbury Business Social Event where local food and drink businesses will be able to showcase their products with samples/tasters, information and generally promote what their business has to offer.  We will also be holding a Made in Salisbury and Wealth of Wiltshire Market in the Guildhall Square. This Market will run alongside the Wiltshire Council's Business Expo which will be in the Market Place.

 Applications are now being welcomed for these events:

The Big Food and Drink Social Event, Wednesday 20 April from 6 - 8pm in The Guildhall, Salisbury- Food Stand Application Form

Made in Salisbury and Wealth of Wiltshire Market, Thursday 21 April from 9am - 4pm in The Guildhall Square - Stall Application Form


Please visit the Salisbury Big Business 2016 website for more details of events and timings.