It is now one year since the Tree of Life &
Laughter Community Garden was officially declared open on 19th
Since then, to add to the tree mural, flowers
beds, Roman villa remains and furniture already installed, Purbeck
Art Weeks have donated a beautiful sculpture and murals created by
local school children and the Purbeck Day Centre, the Purbeck
Rally have donated tables, benches and a bird table, the Rotary
have donated gazebos, and local individuals and businesses have
contributed other items and money to the overall maintenance
costs. The Trust, Stoborough WI and Renaissance residents have
planted, weeded and kept the garden in good condition.
during the first year the garden and exhibition space has been
well used by the Library for their Summer Reading Challenge during
August, a visit by seven classes from Stoborough School during
July, Friends of the Library tea and cakes in July, and several
group and individual visits. The Trust has also made use of the
garden by inviting SEA LIFE Weymouth to demonstrate their rock
pools twice, resulting in over five hundred children and adults
attending. The Trust also held a ‘Nearly New Book & Craft Fayre’
which raised £170, and have since, in partnership with the
Library, installed a ‘Nearly New’ book trolley which is raising
further funds for the garden upkeep.
As regards the Bucknowle
Roman villa threshold stones within the garden, they have been
well visited and appreciated. The information board alongside and
a web site and educational leaflet have since been completed. As a
‘thank you’ to the community, and as part of a National Lottery
promotion, the Trust gave away a copy of their Wareham Walls Walk
booklet to anyone who presented 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 on the Walls boards, 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 and Horseys, 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 year’s
All visitors to the Bucknowle Roman villa
threshold stones were given a free Bucknowle leaflet.
Redcliffe Riverside Path
The path has proved a great success with the many thousands of
walkers, and for the third year was awarded ‘Best Small
Conservation Area, South & South East Britain in Bloom 2017’, and
it and Priory Meadow form part of the Wareham in Bloom 2018 entry.
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. During
September it is planned to replace fence posts and carry out
bridge and information board repairs, with more major improvement
work in 2019 if enough funding can be raised.
Late Summer Cruise
cruise took place on Sunday 2nd September, and was great success
raising a further £400 towards the garden upkeep. The weather was
ideal, sunny with a slight breeze, the crew were magnificent, we
even went out to sea and saw some of the Bournemouth Air Festival
. . . and the fish’n’chips went down a treat as well. Next cruise
in September 2020.
The Wareham Bears
Bears are loving their home at The Blue Pool, and enjoying seeing
the many thousands of visitors that come to see them, and say
‘hello’, and to raising revenue that goes towards further
community projects. Thank you Bears.
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 ten 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: