MEMBERS NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2017
The only project that the Trust is currently
involved in is the total redevelopment of the Wareham library
garden to create the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden. All
the work is now completed and paid for. The flower beds are laid
out, one the responsibility of the children of St Mary’s Primary
School. Planters are in place and stocked thanks to Stoborough WI.
The bug hotel is installed, designed by Stoborough School Eco
group and built by Domvs. A new ceramic mural, created by local
school children and the Purbeck Day Centre students, has been
installed, and another is planned. Some furniture is in place,
some recycled, some donated, some purchased, and more, including a
bird table will be purchased. As well as being a ‘garden’ it is
also an ‘exhibition/display’ space to be used by the community,
local groups and organisations, businesses, in fact anyone who can
make good use of it, We already have interest from SeaLife,
Weymouth who want to bring along their ‘rock pools’, and Purbeck
Art Weeks who want to begin a rolling programme of local outdoor
sculptures for sale, with commission going to the Trust and
Discover Purbeck. We need to make the space work for us and not
let it lie idle as it has done for years before.
As regards the Bucknowle Roman villa threshold
part of the project the stones have been re-located and enhanced
by a 2m square trompe l’oeil, with an information board alongside
and a web site and educational leaflet nearing completion. As a
‘thank you’ to the community, and as part of a National Lottery
promotion, the Trust will be giving away a copy of their Wareham
Walls Walk booklet to anyone who presents a lottery ticket or
scratch card at the Discover Purbeck desk between 11-16 December
Meanwhile a quick update on what else we have been
Wareham Walls Walk Booklet
The booklet, based continues to sell well 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
available through Discover Purbeck, Horseys and Farwells, so
please pick up your copy today.
Dorset Architectural Heritage Week
The Trust entered the Saxon Walls, Town Pound
and Bucknowle Roman villa threshold stones into this years events.
Redcliffe Riverside Path
The path has proved a great success with the many thousands of
walkers, and for the third year has been awarded ‘Best Small
Conservation Area, South & South East Britain in Bloom 2017.
Priory Community Meadow
On-going management and maintenance is a problem and we do need
more volunteers to help with fence mending, bridge painting, tree
pruning, grass clearing, planting and general tidying.
Late Summer Cruise
of having cruise every year we have decided to make it every other
year, the next being in the late summer of 2018, so please look
out for the posters during the summer
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
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
If so please get in touch.
District Development Trust
Rempstone Estate Office, Cow Lane,
Wareham BH20 4RD
Tel: 01929 554236 E-mail: