Redcliffe Path Wins Award

The recently redeveloped Redcliffe riverside path, with its latest additions of three excellent interpretation boards, has won ‘Best Small Conservation Area: Britain in Bloom 2014’.

The first phase of the Trust’s project, the complete redevelopment of the path itself, was completed in the spring of 2013, but almost lost in the winter storms when the flood bank was badly eroded by exceptional flooding and severe gales. Only the hard work of the Trust and its volunteers saved the path and flood bank from total destruction.

The second phase, the installation of three information boards, was completed in early summer 2014, just in time to form part of the ‘Wareham in Bloom’ entry into Britain in Bloom. A more robust flood bank repair was completed by the Environment Agency in the autumn of 2014.

The photograph shows John Scott, Development Manager of the Trust, receiving the award from the Town Mayor of Wareham, Councillor Mrs Carol Turner, at a special ceremony in the Town Hall on 31st October 2014.

John Scott, Development Manager

Wareham & District Development Trust

01929 554236

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Dear Members

Since last summer’s newsletter a lot has been happening, but mostly behind the scenes in preparation for what we thought would be a busy 2016, but things have not, as yet, gone according to plan.

We had hoped that by now, April 2016, our Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden project would have been either completed or well on the way to being completed. Although we have everything in place, an agreed plan, a 20 year lease, local contractors quotations for the work, we still do not have enough funds to cover the costs of the entire project.

Over the past year or so we have received funding support to completely redevelop the neglected space to the rear of Wareham Library into a community garden, green space, conservation area and open-air exhibition and display area.

That funding support has come from our own fund-raising efforts in the form of entertainment evenings, late summer cruises, individual donations, and larger sums from such as Tesco Bags of Help, Heritage Lottery Fund, Valentine Trust, Wessex Water, Purbeck Rally and others, but we still have some way to go needing another £10,000 at least.

We are making every effort to raise that money required, and donations from any source, big or small, will be gratefully received. Please read our ‘Garden Diary Update’ for the latest news on progress.

Meanwhile a quick update on what else we have been up to:

Wareham Walls Walk Booklet

The booklet, based on the material created for the seven interpretation boards along the Walls, was funded by Viridor Credits Environmental Company, via the Landfill Communities Fund, and retails for £2 per copy with at least £1 from each sale going towards further community support projects. 2,000 booklets were printed and are selling well through Discover Purbeck, Horseys and Farwells, so please pick up your copy today.

Dorset Architectural Heritage Week 8th-15th September 2016

The Trust has entered the Saxon Walls, Town Pound and Bucknowle Roman villa threshold stones into this years events.

Redcliffe Riverside Path Information Boards

The installation of three interpretation boards along the Redcliffe Riverside Path, by the Trust, has proved a great success with the many thousands of walkers who now use the totally redeveloped path.

Priory Community Meadow

During the floods of recent years a great deal of damage was done to Priory Community Meadow. I am happy to report that the damage, including repairs to fences, gates and information boards, is now in hand thanks to the generosity of Bradford’s Builders Merchants and Barnard’s Landscaping.

Late Summer Cruise

Following the success of last years cruise there will be another this year on Sunday 4th September, leaving Wareham Town Quay at 11.00am and returning at 4.00pm, and taking in the Frome, Poole Harbour and the islands, and out to Old Harry or Bournemouth depending on the sea-state. Tickets are £15 available directly from me or at the Discover Purbeck Information Centre in the Library. There is also an option of Fish’n’Chips at £5.75 or you can bring your own picnic. We will be sailing on Greenslades Purbeck Gem with a capacity of 120 but only 80 tickets will be sold to allow everyone a chance of an upper deck seat and plenty of room to move around. Refreshments will be available on board as well as a bar. We look forward to seeing you. All proceeds are in aid of the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden.


Dear Members, as you know we always have a lot on our plate, but the one thing that we lack is volunteers.

We need volunteers to get there hands dirty and be prepared to dig, plant, paint, anything and everything that is needed.

We also need more Trustees. We already have a Board on fifteen but could really use another three or four. We meet once every two months for about two hours in the evening and simply discuss ‘the dreams’  on the table at the time, and if all are agreed we get on with the job and turn them into reality.

Could you be a Trustee, or indeed a volunteer?

If so please get in touch.

John Scott
Development Manager
Wareham & District Development Trust
Rempstone Estate Office, Cow Lane, Wareham BH20 4RD
Tel: 01929 554236 E-mail:


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