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Dear Members

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 2017.

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

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 2017
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
Instead 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

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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