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Poole Park to hold Heritage Lottery bid events

Poole residents can find out more about the next phase of the Poole Park Heritage Lottery Fund bid at a number of public events planned for April. 

As part of the first round of funding, Borough of Poole was awarded £280,000 to carry out a range of work over a two year period. The next stage will be to undertake a detailed research and monitoring project on Poole Park’s lakes.

Borough of Poole, together with Bournemouth University will carry out research to gain a better understanding of the wildlife in the lakes and to understand what happens in both the boating and freshwater lakes.

Martin Whitchurch, Project Leader, Environmental Development Team, Borough of Poole said: “This is the first opportunity for the public to get back involved with the Poole Park Life project. We would like to talk to people about why we are researching the lake and what we are planning for the next two years with this funding, such as new designs for improvements, events and fund raising ideas.”

Adrian Pinder, Director, Global Environmental Solutions, Bournemouth University said: “These events represent an exciting opportunity for the research team to engage with the public. In addition to communicating our research objectives and findings to date, we are keen to encourage public participation in the project which will assist in identifying options for future improvements in water quality." 

The first public event will take place on Wednesday 8 April at the Poole Park pavilion. 

The Development Phase. Find out what happens next. 10am to 1pm

Find out what happens now we have a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We will explain the planned work, how you can help and answer any questions. Refreshments included. No booking required.

Lake Research explained. 1pm to 4pm

A hands-on event where you can learn what happens in Poole Park’s lakes, the beasties you can find, where the water comes from and what happens when the sluice gates are opened. Refreshments included. No booking required.

A guided walk around Poole Park will take place on Saturday 18 April.

Poole Park Life Guided walk. 10.30am to 12.30pm

Take a guided walk around the lake and return to the pavilion for an informal chat. Representatives from Borough of Poole and Bournemouth University will be on-hand to discuss the work taking place and what it might mean for the Heritage Lottery Fund project. This is suitable for all ages. Booking is essential. There is a maximum of 25 spaces available. Call 01202 261358 to book your place. 

For event updates and for further information about any of the planned events see www.facebook.com/pooleprojects or www.pooleprojects.net


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Notes to editors: Poole Park Heritage Lottery Fund development phase will complete in late 2016 and the second phase of the bid will be submitted shortly after. If successful, Borough of Poole will be awarded the full £2,970,200 for delivery between 2017 and 2020.

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