Our Field of Dreams - What's it
One of the less obvious things we
do is our involvement in various groups and bodies that are involved
in the future of the area. For instance we were actively involved in
the preparation of the Wareham Community Plan that was published in
Following on from that we helped
the Town Council along with Wareham Town Trust and Dorset Community
Action carry out consultations with local residents on the future of
Hauses Field in Northmoor. What came out of that was the fact that
most people wanted the overgrown areas cleared, so that children could
be seen, and to deter anti-social behaviour. The partnership had
obtained a small grant from the Purbeck Community Partnership to fund
the Public Consultation along with the initial works, and we managed
to persuade various individuals and companies to donate labour,
expertise, machinery and materials at reduced cost, or even for free.
Everybody involved worked
incredibly hard over three consecutive weekends, and the work was done
for about £19,000 less than it would have cost if the Council had used
contractors in the normal way. This has been a fantastic example of
what can be done in a community when public bodies, local groups,
individuals and local firms come together with a common aim.
The work hasnít finished yet of
course. Having cleared the area weíll soon (with the assistance of
more volunteers) be ploughing and seeding the cleared areas and doing
some other works (this may even have been done by the time you read
The partnership would like to say a
big thank you to Andrews, DD Construction, Young Farmers, Mrs M Selby
(Forest Pre School) and all of the other 46 dedicated volunteers who
have helped with the project to date.
The ages of the volunteers range
from 4yrs to 99yrs, we were provided with drinks, lunches and home
made cakes in the Forest Pre School all from local residents.
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