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The area making up Coy Pond Gardens covers Coy Pond itself and the open space formerly known as Surrey Road Gardens being, in effect, the uppermost part of the pleasure gardens that border the Bourne Stream on its journey to the sea at Bournemouth Pier.
On 3rd December 1935 the gardens were leased for 999 years from Robert Ives and Frederic Ray Eaton, both of Norfolk. Prior to this not much is written about them. In 1940 they were turned over, in part, to allotments, contributing to the war effort. Permission was granted to return the remaining 18 plots to Pleasure Gardens in 1851. Since then they have provided local people and visitors with a valuable sanctuary, laid mainly to grass and planted with weeping willow and alder.
The well-used Bourne Valley Greenway route offers a safe and tranquil alternative to the surroundng busy roads, leading pedestrians and cyclists through Bournemouth's Pleasure Gardens to Coy Pond Gardens and beyond. The pond is signposted so as not to disappoint should the visitor not notice Coy Pond to their right, at a slightly higher level and on the opposite side of Coy Pond Road (recently designated a No Through Road).
The Pond and Gardens cover an area of 9 acres (3.65 hectares), the main features of which include:
- The Pond with its island and duck populations
- The Bourne Stream and bridges (since 2003 renowned for the Bourne Pools flood alleviation system)
- Gravel pathways
- A mix of native and exotic trees, with weeping willows lining the stream banks
- A rockery
Ease of access for people with disabilities:
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