About the Project
sports fields have been transformed into a new green oasis for
wildlife at the heart of Poole.
earthworks and landscaping have transformed the park, providing
a range of habitats, including reedbeds, heathland and a wild flower meadow.
the Bourne Stream flowed beneath the park in a pipe, a 450m long open
and terraced stream channel has been reinstated using "soft
During heavy rainfall, the stream
acts as a detention basin, designed to provide 3,500 cu.m. of
stormwater storage. This sustainable urban
drainage system (SUDS) offers an
alternative approach to traditional drainage using natural
processes to reduce flash flooding and improve local water
The new stream course is crossed by a bridge
and a weir, seats and litter bins have been installed, and new footpaths meander through the site linking local
communities with each other, with schools and other facilities.
addition, we worked with the Environment Agency (EA) who paid
creation of a small fishing lake in the corner of the lower
field where it had become very boggy (why
With the earth we moved
to create the stream and ponds we regraded some areas
of the Rec and created a viewpoint close to the existing pond. Those
using it will be rewarded with a long view of the stream and ponds with the
heathland SSSI in the distance.
The Partnership is working closely with Poole's
Leisure Services with the aim of delivering a range of other
improvements to the site; disabled access has already been
installed at Herbert Avenue and more will follow.
The total budget for these works was £182,000 and funding was
collected from a variety of sources. The overall objective was
to create a more attractive, varied and useful open space that the local community could be proud of and
enjoy on a regular basis.
budget for the project was £182,000
Phase I was
A £45,000 grant was secured for Phase II from