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Celebrate Poole’s Newest Open Space

Tucker’s Field, the playing field of the former Hamworthy First School, has been given a new lease of life.

Unused for over 10 years, residents were asked how they would like to use this space in the future. Overwhelmingly residents wanted it to become a public open space, retaining its natural feel with grass, wildflower meadows and mature trees giving a space for people to interact with nature.

Working with Borough of Poole the local community have seen their comments take shape and come to life. Volunteers have given a remarkable 260 hours of their free time over the last three months to transform the unused playing field to Poole’s newest open space.

Local residents and Hamworthy Park Junior School have cleared the site of litter and created a minibeast mansion, wildlife log and a hibernaculum (a place consisting of partly buried logs which slow worms, toads, voles and other creatures can hibernate and shelter in). Carter School and COAST (Community Outreach and Support Team) have sown a wildflower meadow and a beautiful wildlife themed bench was carved by Upton Junior School and the Quay School. Hamworthy Heating have donated and planted six fruit trees and a local volunteer has compiled a fascinating history interpretation board telling the story of buried treasure on the site!

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "This is a real community project and we would like to thank everyone involved in making this happen so that we can all enjoy the finished results.

"Open spaces can make a huge difference to people's enjoyment of where they live, so it is really great when unused land can be brought back into use to benefit local residents. Our natural environment is extremely valuable to us in Poole and any additional open space where habitats can be enhanced for wildlife as well as recreational use for people is something to celebrate."

The grand opening of Tucker's Field will take place on Wednesday 26 March between 3pm and 4pm. Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating Poole’s newest open space. There will be lots of free activities including making a Mother’s Day gift, making homes for wildlife, agility, hula hooping and the first 100 children can get their face painted and have an ice cream on us!

Councillor Philip Eades, Mayor of Poole who will officially open Tucker's Field on Wednesday 26 March at 3pm said: "I am really looking forward to opening Tucker's Field and seeing what this fantastic project has achieved."

Councillor Mike White, Ward Member for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: "It is great to see local people playing such a huge part in breathing new life into an important area of their community. While I cannot make the opening I hope as many people as possible attend to celebrate their fantastic achievements."

Councillor Charmaine Parkinson, Ward Member for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: "It has been amazing to see so many volunteers help create this new open space, I was impressed when many volunteers turned up despite the rain on one occasion! I am sure people will enjoy using Tuckers Field and will welcome this much needed additional open space in Hamworthy, especially with all the new homes being built in the area."