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Dear Members

It is now one year since the Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden was officially declared open on 19th September 2017.

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.
Also 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 2018
The Trust entered the Saxon Walls, Town Pound and Bucknowle Roman villa threshold stones into this year’s events.

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
The 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
The 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.

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 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 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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