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Iron Age roundhouse project at Hengistbury Head

Staff and volunteers at Hengistbury Head have been working hard to bring to life a new visitor experience that demonstrates how our ancestors lived on the headland thousands of years ago.

The team has been researching designs for an Iron Age roundhouse to be constructed, subject to future funding and planning approval.

Iron Age roundhouse project
World-leading Environment Act becomes law

Legislation that will protect and enhance our environment for future generations has now passed into UK law.

The Environment Act will clean up the country’s air, restore natural habitats, increase biodiversity, reduce waste and make better use of our resources.

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Planting the world green

Nine year old Issey from Bournemouth is on a mission to 'Plant the World Green' by setting up a Charitable Trust to get school children to plant trees in their school grounds or create a coppice in their neighbourhoods.

With letters of support from Her Majesty The Queen and A-list celebrities, Issey's mission is off to a great start!

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Christmas trail at Stour Valley Nature Reserve

If you're looking for outdoor activities to do with the whole family over Christmas, visit Stour Valley Nature Reserve and take part in their Christmas trail in conjuction with the Parks Foundation.

The trail sheet costs £3 and is on from 18 December - 2 January. Don't forget to collect your Christmas crafting prize back at the Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre afterwards!

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Save the date for the Bournemouth Open Golf Festival!

The Bournemouth Open Golf Festival makes a welcome return for 2022, with its mix of qualifier and fun competitions for individuals, groups, societies and families. All with great prizes to be won!

The festival will take place between 7 and 11 June 2022. Make sure you save the date!

Bournemouth Open Golf Festival
News in brief
Don't forget you can enjoy a delicious toasted marshmallow hot chocolate for only £3 when you play a round of mini golf in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens - perfect as an additional activity for the whole family when you're visiting Christmas Tree Wonderland!

Work on Bournemouth Aviary is progressing well, with the 200 birds (who each have a name!) safely rehomed elsewhere while they wait to be transferred to the new larger aviary, which provides more flight space for the birds. Work is expected to finish in the next couple of months.

A new outdoor classroom has opened at Hengistbury Head that will allow schools and colleges to run activities in the surrounding environment to encourage people to get interested in nature. This is a joint partnership between BCP Council and Kingston Maurward College, with £70,000 funding allocated from Dorset LEP.
Thank you to all our volunteers!

Another year has gone by and our open spaces are more beautiful and biodiverse thanks to those who generously give their time and effort to help, despite the challenges faced by Covid-19.

Recently, volunteers helped plant new shrubs at Whitecliff Recreation Ground in Poole (pictured), just one of many days spent working alongside the council and Parks Foundation staff, meaning more can be achieved for all to enjoy.

Across town, Friends of Druitt Gardens in Christchurch are a friendly group who meet twice a week and have recently constructed a small wildlife educational centre to increase visitor awareness and to foster the interest of local school children. They've also planted additional trees and have created a wildflower area. New volunteers are warmly welcomed, please email the Friends of Druitt Gardens to find out more. For general volunteering enquiries across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, please email our Development Officer Sarah.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who've helped in all our parks and open spaces in the last year. Have a peaceful break and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year for more volunteering opportunities!

Merry Christmas from the Parks and Open Spaces team!
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