Phase Two April 2007
was funded by a £45,000 grant from
Biffaward, a multi-million pound
environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife
Trusts (RSWT), which utilises landfill tax credits donated
by Biffa Waste Services.
Bettington, Chairman of Biffaward, says “It is critically
important for communities to have access to outdoor spaces,
and this project marks a serious investment by all involved
in the area’s future. Biffaward is delighted to support
such a worthwhile scheme, and I hope that it will be enjoyed
for generations to come.”
Phase Two included:
picking & disposal
turf & wildflower meadow planting
behind the viewpoint
installation of a new footpath from Monkton Crescent
improvements to the footpath from Turbary Close
installation of seats and dog/litter
installation of interpretation boards (signage) at main
also be introducing fish to the new pond and creating wooden
J.Corcoran, arrived to start work on the new 2.5m wide
footpath/cycle way, voted for by
you, to be installed from Monkton Crescent to join the Phase
footpath through the long field. It will also branch off to
join the Safe Route to School which crosses the site between
Turbary Close and the end of Evering Avenue.
At the same
time Poole's Nature Conservation Officer, Jez Martin, has organised
the transplanting of heathland from Canford Heath to one side of
the stream channel. Work will be carried out by
Alaska Environmental. Jez is also planting a wildflower meadow area behind that area.
Poole's own Grounds Maintenance Team have also started work on
picking all the rubble from those areas that have been regraded
with soil from the stream excavation (Phase
sudden change in weather work has progressed well; rubble has now
been picked throughout the site which makes a huge difference to
its appearance (see photos right). Grass seeding started
today so we welcome the rain and the better growing conditions it
to see vegetation making an appearance on the two submerged
islands we created in the fishing lake, just peeking above the
water level. Vegetated islands will create good habitat and
provide a refuge for fish.
The footpath is
also looking good and should shortly be completed.
is almost complete; there is some very wet ground around the
original pond that we haven't yet been able to work on.
residents have contacted us offering Yellow Flag Iris from their
garden ponds for us to plant in the wetland areas, which we will
carry out on Monday. Many thanks to them both.
14.05.07 - planting Yellow
Flag Iris donated by residents
Wet weather has
halted progress on the footpaths, but judging from the comments of
residents today the recent improvements have been well received.
We also still have a day's work to do to clear the stream bed of
rubble and old wood exposed by the excavation works.
footpath through the lower field is complete, with a stretch of
tarmac installed at the access point from Monkton Crescent where
the path had become rutted and, when it's wet very muddy.
Next on the list for Corcoran is improvements to the access road
leading from Turbary Close.
The six park
seats have been delivered and in the next week or so we'll be
asking residents for their views on where they should be
The access road
from Turbary Road has been laid with a thick layer of scalping
stone and rolled flat; a vast improvement on the previous potholed
surface. Tomorrow we take delivery of
wildflowers for the meadow
area, and reeds (Phragmites australis) for the new drainage
channel and areas of the streambed. They will be planted by
the Community Support Team, a group of volunteers with a range of
learning or physical difficulties who often carry out conservation
and other useful tasks in the area. The group's work will be
overseen by Caroline Smart, the Bourne Valley Ranger.
Many of the
wildflower plugs have disappeared over the last week or so, and
there's no sign of animal interference. Most of those that
have gone include the flowering species. Without them the
wildflower areas are unlikely to reseed and develop. We will
sow some seeds and hope to get a better showing next year.
This week we
have removed 3 tons of rubble from the stream channel and started
installing the six park seats - the last three will go in
tomorrow. Already we've spotted someone relaxing alongside
the stream while reading a book - something new for Bourne Valley
image) - the site grows greener by the day - thanks to the
The six new dog
waste/litter bins have arrived and will be installed soon. Visitors from Bournemouth Council's Leisure
Services department walked the site today as part of a day's tour
of Poole's parks & open spaces. The sun shone and the park
was busy with families and dog walkers - good to see!
It seems that
someone planned to steal one of the benches earlier this week (well
the nuts & bolts were taken which made us think the seat would
follow) but they've all
been very securely fixed now so it shouldn't happen again.
Thanks to a hawk-eyed resident for warning us!
The bins have
been installed at main access points and on the main route through
the park. The style is unique in Poole and carries on the
park's 'green & wood' theme.
touches. John Corcoran's team have been back on site to see to our
'snagging list' - which included the creation of headwalls at
three drainage pipe sections, to help prevent erosion around them.
At the weir we
also installed a grille to prevent the pipe becoming blocked by
debris - something that has already happened on several occasions.
Headwalls should eventually become disguised by streamside
At the same
time we have created two wooden fishing platforms at the lakeside.
lake was stocked today with 500 rudd and carp, purchased from
Framlingham Fisheries near Ipswich. Councillors and funding
partners gathered to watch the event and the Daily Echo published
resident and keen angler has offered to help manage the fishery
for us, and to give tips to the young people using it. We
have also published some information
about the lake and fishery.
(L-R): Councillor Graham Wilson (Newtown Ward), Project
Officer Sarah Austin and Councillor Tony Trent (Alderney Ward) at
the lake on 12th October - all have been instrumental in
delivering this project
information boards have been installed at the main access points
to the park. They show an aerial view of the site and
include an explanation of the reasons behind this project along
with contact details.
Click to enlarge
species selected for planting in the 'long field':
Sneezewort, Lesser Knapweed, Greater Knapweed, Herb Robert, Cats
Ear, Meadow Vetchling, Narrow-leaved Everlasting Pea, Greater
Birdsfoot Trefoil, Ribwort Plantain, Selfheal, Creeping Buttercup,
Meadow Buttercup, Betony, Devil's-Bit Scabious, Common Vetch and