Brand new Bournemouth Aviary opens

The new Cooper-Thompson Rescue Aviary in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens is officially open, and the morning chirp of bird-song can be heard from all around!

The landmark structure has been designed to higher welfare standards than the previous aviary, and it  provides more flight space for the birds.

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Pilot initiative to improve our football pitches
We've been selected to take part in a new grass pitch pilot in partnership with Dorset County FA, which aims to support the improvement of grass pitches across our conurbation over the next ten years.

The Football Foundation will work with us and other local partners to devise a delivery plan and explore funding opportunities to improve our well-used pitches.
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Kings Park Nursery's Jubilee ready!

Jubilee weekend is almost upon us and our parks team have been busy Jubilee planting using flowers from Kings Park Nursery. 

Look out for the spectacular red, white and blue floral displays that should be in full bloom from June, in Barrack Road, Christchurch; Lower Gardens Bournemouth; and around the Cenotaph in Poole Park.

In addition, from 25 May, you can pre-order their special Jubilee hanging baskets, packed full of gorgeous red, white and blue flowers to get your garden or patio Jubilee ready as well!
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Park Yoga is back!

Forget about having a Sunday morning lie-in, because FREE Park Yoga is back!

You can join in the 9.30am classes held in Bournemouth Gardens (opposite the Town Hall), Slades Park, The Quomps in Christchurch and Upton Country Park.

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Yellow Rattle encourages pollinators to Merley
As we work to tackle climate change and improve conditions for wildlife, we've been sowing seeds in certain areas to try and grow more natural meadows. 

These meadows attract and support a range of species, including important pollinators which have suffered widespread decline in recent years.

In Sopwith Crescent, the Merley Nature Group and local residents funded these seeds, which were sourced locally, with our parks team distributing them and it's wonderful to see the Yellow Rattle now growing here. These plants suppress the growth of more dominant grass species, and using it in the right location increases the chances of establishing and maintaining flower-rich grassland, which attracts pollinators, which as you can see in these images from Sopwith Crescent, has been a success!
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Half term activities and Jubilee fun for all the family!

There's lots going on at Upton Country Park over the half term week. You can join the hunt for the Queens' Corgis while exploring the Country Park from Saturday 28 May - Sunday 5 June, or come and celebrate the Jubilee on Thursday 2 June in the Walled Garden. Bring a picnic or purchase one from the Tea Rooms and enjoy listening to Swing Unlimited’s Community Big Band. On Friday 3 June, create a nature crown and over the Jubilee weekend enjoy the opening of the house with an exhibition of floral displays.

Visit Highcliffe Castle during half term and while you wander through the corridors of this impressive building, why not join in with the kids and try on some period costumes. You can also enjoy a 70 pence admission to the Castle on 4-5 June in celebration of the Queen's 70 year reign!

Join in with the Parks Foundation and help to plant and sow wildflowers in a number of parks during half term. Wildflowers are vital for our pollinators, and they'll create a spectacular display of colour when they bloom. This activity provides a great opportunity for the whole family to get involved in practical conservation on your doorstep so register for these free events today!

Our Park Cafés are getting Jubilee ready! With activities planned along with great food (and hopefully great weather!), grab your friends and family and make a day of it!

The Woodpecker Café at Queen's Park and the Fox Café in Redhill Park are both hosting a Jubilee Party on Sunday 5 June with various activities for the kids as well as various food options, live music at Redhill and there's even a Pimms bar at Queen's Park, so come and join in the fun!

Our Squirrel Café is offering kids activity trails and afternoon teas over the 4-5 June, or if you’re heading into Bournemouth town centre, stop by our Hedgehog Kiosk in the Lower Gardens to enjoy one of our Jubilee specials to takeaway and enjoy al fresco, while marvelling at the red, white and blue flower displays!

News in brief
Play golf? It's not too late to get together with friends and book a place on our friendly Bournemouth Open Golf Festival, starting on 7 June! You can play in individual competitions, or join us for the whole week! 

It's National Children's Garden week from 28 May - 5 June. Gardening is not only great fun, it's educational and good for the soul. Kings Park Nursery have some fun gardening activities you can do with you children or grandchildren, so why not go outside and enjoy the outdoors together? 

If you're an artist and you're looking to hire a studio to sell your creations in an inspirational setting, then look no further! The studio in Poole Park is turning into a pop-up shop for the months of June until September. This is a prime opportunity for local entrepreneurs and clubs to get noticed so book in now!
Dog walker engagement initiative at Hengistbury Head
Funding has been awarded by Natural England for a dog walker engagement project to take place over the next two years at Hengistbury Head.

The project, which is being managed by Dorset Dogs, BCP Council and the Urban Heaths Partnership, will look to trial a range of engagement initiatives for dogs and their owners on this busy, diverse site to test their effectiveness in situ.

Hengistbury Head is a Local Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest, and Special Conservation Area for Ecology, so we need to ensure we continue to protect it and manage it in the best way possible for future generations to enjoy.

Engagement initiatives over the next few months include fencing to protect the wildlife, dog ambassadors, influencer campaigns, site maps and interpretation, voting dog bins, and many other novel engagement ideas!

To support this project, two social media pages (Instagram and Facebook) have been created to publicise information about the site, improve morale of local dog walkers, and build up relationships by sharing photos and celebrating responsible dog owners using the site.
Volunteering in Poole Park
Poole Park boasts 110 acres of open parkland, beautiful gardens, quiet spaces, lakes and a large saline lagoon. It has recently undergone a 4-year £2.7million improvement with National Lottery Heritage Grant funding. 

Maintaining this popular park is never ending and a dedicated team of volunteers devote their time, alongside our parks team, to ensuring it remains a beautiful place to visit.

The gardening volunteers now meet up twice a month on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, and take part in pruning, weeding and clearing as well as enjoying a natter along the way! If you're interested in volunteering in the park, please email head volunteer Ann. No experience is needed and all tools are provided, just bring suitable footwear and old clothing. Sessions normally run for two to three hours, but if you can only do part of this or simply want to come and say hello, you would be very welcome!
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