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Weymouth SEA LIFE to bring marine life to Wareham at free event - April 27th, 2018


Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is teaming up with Wareham & District Development Trust to bring marine life to the town for the first time this spring.

SEA LIFE will debut its mobile interactive rock pool at a free event on Friday, April 27 at the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden based at the rear of Wareham Library. Members of the community are invited to the garden from 11am-3pm to learn all about the micro-habitat full of interesting creatures from Weymouth SEA LIFE’s experts. Guests will also be given the opportunity to interact with sea anemone, starfish and crabs that live in the pool.

Tamsin Mutton-Mcknight, general manager of Weymouth SEA LIFE, said: “We are pleased to be given the opportunity to join forces with the Wareham & District Development Trust to bring our mobile interactive rock pool to Wareham for the first time. We are looking forward to educating attendees about the creatures that live in rock pools and the habitat which they live in.”
John Scott, development manager of Wareham & District Development Trust, added: “Since the community garden launched last year, we are thrilled that the space is being used in this way to bring the community and schools together to learn about the marine life which lives at Weymouth SEA LIFE.

“We are excited to be working with Weymouth SEA LIFE on this complimentary community event. It is our way of giving back to the fundraisers who helped us transform the once neglected space into this revitalised community garden, exhibition and display space.”

Weymouth SEA LIFE is the home to more than 1,000 creatures with 13 different zones containing penguins, sharks, turtles and stingrays. Guests are invited to learn all about these creatures which live in and around the sea and how we can work together to protect them from harm. Caribbean Cove is Dorset’s largest outdoor adventure playground and can offer hours of entertainment along with the park’s Splash Zone. Daily talks and feeding demonstrations are also held at the park to further educate guests about the different species which are present at Weymouth.

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The Wareham & District Development Trust is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The Wareham & District Development Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The project is to give Priory Community Meadow, opposite Wareham Town Quay, a bit of tender loving care with repairs to the paths, bridges, fences and information boards.

‘Over the past ten years the meadow has suffered several major floods resulting in damage that now needs repairing to enable the meadow to be enjoyed by one and all for another ten years’, says John Scott, Development Manager, Wareham & District Development Trust. ‘The Bags of Help funding will go a long way towards all the repairs that are needed.’

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

News Update 24th November 2017



Thanks to Ball & Socket, Stoborough WI and the full-house that enjoyed their concert and cakes on Wednesday 22nd November we have raised over £400 to go towards the purchase of more tables, benches and a bird table for the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden





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