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Poole Park to hold Heritage Lottery bid events

Poole residents can find out more about the Poole Park Heritage Lottery Fund bid at a number of public events planned for later this month. 

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. This includes carrying out a detailed research and monitoring project on Poole Park’s lakes as well as creating conservation and maintenance plans for maintaining the park in future years. 

Martin Whitchurch, Project Manager, Borough of Poole said: “We still have a long way to go before we are ready to submit our second stage bid at the end of next year. We are keen for local people to get involved with the Poole Park Life project and the upcoming events are the ideal opportunity to do just that. 

“We would like to talk to people about why we are researching the lake and our plans for looking after the park in the long term for future generations to enjoy. Public feedback will help us shape our bid to receive £2.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out improvements to the park. 

“We are also planning more events during the autumn half-term so hopefully there will be something for everyone to get involved in.” 

The next public event will take place on Wednesday 23 September at the Poole Park pavilion between 7pm and 9pm. The Managing Poole Park event will enable local people to say what they feel should be included in the management and maintenance plan, which will set out how Poole Park will be looked after on a day-to-day basis for the next 10-15 years. 

On Monday 28 September local residents will be able to take part in the Get hands on in the lake! event. Between 4pm and 7pm local people can access the lake edge whilst it is being drained, to help the Bournemouth University research team carry out sediment sampling, looking at what lives in the lake and litter picking. 

Michael Collins, Vice-chair of the Friends of Poole Park, said: “We have a very broadly based membership, and those good people have shown great commitment in helping preserve, conserve and innovate. This is a pivotal time for the bid, and we'd ask all members to see how they can help and, of course, welcome new members. We have some very interesting news coming up soon that could showcase the park as a venue for events that will be very important for the Bid, for Dorset, and internationally." 

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