Corfe Barrows Nature Park launched
Friday 17th June 2016
Mayor of Poole, Xena Dion and Michael Tomlinson, MP open the Corfe Barrows Nature Park with partners and funders.
With partners, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Great Heath Living Landscape project is pleased to launch the Corfe Barrows Nature Park, which is a large site managed for the benefit of both wildlife and people in Corfe Mullen, near Poole.
The nature park is the result of a partnership that has come together to connect eight nature areas* creating a special place for local communities and visitors to explore and enjoy the local countryside, its history and its wonderful wildlife. Access improvements include new public footpaths, boardwalks and bridges, easy access gates and new information boards about the wildlife in the area.
Visitors can see woodland birds, roe deer and stunning wildflowers
Wildlife areas include woodland, heathland, meadows and pastures, all connected by footpaths and self-guided trails. Visitors can expect to see woodland birds, such as warblers and thrushes, roe deer roaming the area, and stunning wildflowers such as ragged-robin and birds-foot trefoil.
The future looks bright for the area
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Director of Operations, Brian Bleese said, “The partnership between landowners has allowed the creation of this fantastic nature park. The future looks bright for the area as partners will work together for the benefit of the wildlife that lives there. We want our local communities to enjoy their local wild spaces, and this nature park will help them to value and enjoy the wildlife on their doorstep.”
The local community can enjoy the health benefits of being outside
MP Michael Tomlinson officially opened the nature park. He said, “I am honoured and delighted to open the Corfe Barrow Nature Park. It’s a hugely important site, special for wildlife but also special because it links together many areas of East Dorset. We are so lucky to live here, and the opening of this Nature Park will hopefully encourage the local community to get out and understand more about wildlife around them and also enjoy the health benefits of being outside.”
Volunteers from the local community and local businesses have helped
The local community have already got involved with this project by volunteering to get the site ready for people to enjoy. Volunteers from the local community have carried out a variety of valuable tasks and DWT’s corporate partners, Barclays, provided volunteers to install 45 metres of boardwalk made from recycled plastic guaranteed to last for 30 years on the site.
Thank you to partners and funders
The establishment of Corfe Barrows Nature Park was made possible thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), SITA Trust, The Fine Foundation, contributions from DWT members and the local community, and a major donation in memory of Nimita Kakad. Partners for the initiative include Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dorset County Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, Borough of Poole, The Erica Trust, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC).
To find out more about the Corfe Barrows Nature Park, phone 01202 692033 or email
Notes to Editor
*Nature areas include:
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise further funds by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.
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