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 john@wddt.org.uk


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PROJECTS OVER THE YEARS

2015: Wareham's Tree of Life and Laughter Community Garden

Currently, to the rear of Wareham Library, there is a large walled garden with some flower beds, a few bushes and a couple of benches, plus Wareham’s ‘Tree of Life and Laughter’, and remains of a 200AD Roman villa threshold. Although the garden is accessible to the general public it’s lack of appeal means that it is only used by a handful of people each week, whereas the Library itself, and the Discover Purbeck Information Centre who share the building, have a combined footfall of over 100,000 people per year....read more here


2014: Redcliffe Riverside Path Information Boards

One of Wareham’s most popular riverside walks, until recently nothing but a muddy track, was completely redeveloped in early 2013 by the Trust and is already proving a great success in creating a better and safer route between the two communities of Wareham and Ridge, and also a greatly enhanced stretch of the ever popular Purbeck Way.....read more here


2013: WAREHAM TOWN POUND given a new lease of life

For hundreds of years the medieval Town Pound was the place where any stray farm animal would be brought and held until reclaimed by its owner who in return would pay a small fine to the Lord of the Manor....read more here


2013: SAXON WALLS PROJECT: Info boards unveiled at site of Wareham’s ancient Saxon walls

THE Lord Lieutenant of Dorset has officially unveiled a series of information boards at the site of Wareham’s ancient Saxon walls.  Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers was joined by other dignitaries for the ceremony, which marked a milestone in the project to tell the story of the town’s 9th century earth walls.... read more here


2013: REDCLIFFE PATH: New Riverside Path Opens

One of Wareham’s most popular riverside walks, until recently nothing but a muddy track, has now been completely redeveloped and is already proving a great success in creating a better and safer route between the two communities of Wareham and Ridge, and also a greatly enhanced stretch of the ever popular Purbeck Way. ...read more


2012: THE WAREHAM BEARS

The Wareham Bears and are now living in Furzebrook, in the deepest heart of Dorset. What better place could there be for a large family of miniature bears to be living? They are so lucky; given a lovely place to live where there is afternoon tea everyday and a lovely lake called The Blue Pool, to have a stroll around.

Read more about our history here.


PRIORY MEADOW

We have turned an unused area of Wareham's Water Meadow into an accessible-to-all community space of natural environment and much improved wildlife habitat, alongside the south bank of the River Frome and directly opposite the Town Quay.

As this is a 25 year project we need all the help and support that we can get, and in so doing have not only formed 'partnerships' with The Purbeck Centre and Kingston Maurward, but have continued to raise funds to enable us to further improve the meadow. In 2008 alone we received a £10,000 grant from the BBC Breathing Places Lottery Project to fund extended paths, tree planting, pond creation and the purchase of a box-van trailer in which to store and transport £500 of equipment kindly donated by B&Q through their Good Neighbourhood community support programme.

We already have help, but we always need more, and so if you would like to join our 'green gym', enjoy fresh air and sunshine in a wonderful location, then please get in touch. Read more here


LIFEWHEELS MOBILITY CENTRE

Based in St Johns Hill, Wareham, the Centre, in 2009, completed 5 years of supporting the community of Purbeck. In so doing it became a successful business in its own right, and as such has now been sold to the long-serving manager, Mr. Bob Richardson.

It was set up by WDDT to offer a variety of services to assist in the transport needs of both able-bodied and disabled people, a combination which proved both innovative and much needed in the Purbeck area. All that hard work by WDDT will continue under the new ownership.


SOUTH BANK PERFORMANCE AREA

We created an area between on the south bank of the Frome, between the river and Priory Meadow, which can be used for performances by anyone to entertain the public. The area, paved with locally quarried Purbeck stone, can be 'booked' through Farwells Mace Market in North Street, Wareham. Read more here


HAUSES FIELD OF DREAMS

2008 saw the completion of a 2 year, £100,000 'vision' of converting 5 acres of overgrown wilderness within the Northmoor Park Estate, Wareham, into a 'Field of Dreams' including replacing the dilapidated children's play park, installing a family picnic area, building a BMX Bike Arena, creating a sensory garden, and providing extra seating, litter and dog bins around the whole field. Read more here


WOOL BMX & SKATEBOARD PARK

A 'partnership' of WDDT, Wool Parish Council and the young people of the village created a BMX and Skateboard Park based on the success of Hauses Field.


WATER MEADOW WAY

During the spring of 2013 we completely redeveloped the Redcliffe Path between Wareham South Bridge and Redclyffe Yacht Club.

It is our intention, maybe not in 2014 or 2015, but in the not too distant future, with the appropriate permissions and planning, to continue the path along the southern most extremity of the Water Meadows to Stoborough.

It is intended that this will be an accessible-to-all path to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and will serve as a better link between Ridge and its caravan and camping sites, and both Wareham and Stoborough.


YOUR IDEAS & VISIONS

WDDT is a Charitable Trust set up to develop projects suggested by, and for the benefit of, the local community, and so if you have any ideas at all that you might want our help with, then we need to hear from you. You will find contact details on the 'Contact & Link' page.

Wareham Tree of Life and Laughter Community Garden 2015 onwards

 

Redcliffe Riverside Path Information Panels

Wareham Town Pound given a new lease of life

Unveiling of the Wareham Saxon Walls Information Boards

Redcliffe Path Opens

Priory Meadow

Hauses Field: Spring daffodils

The Bandstand

PROJECTS:  LIFEWHEELS     PRIORY MEADOW     BANDSTAND     HAUSES FIELD

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