Stag beetles and flower beds – 20/06/2018

Have you seen the stag beetles in the park? More on that later.

Our rose bed is looking better every week although a good few heavy showers of rain would help…but only overnight, of course!  Today the Friends’ Wednesday volunteer group planted some antirrhinums and also a number of gladioli bulbs that were left over from the plant sale – it will be interesting to see how they do.

Whilst trimming the side shoots off the trunks of the young oak trees, one of the Friends came across this Stag Beetle (estimated about 7cm in length)  which apparently are quite rare.  Sophie, one of our volunteers, is going to get in touch with the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species who collect information on sightings and locations of these wonderful insects.
On a well-deserved break, the friends got chatting to a couple who had travelled down from Shaftesbury with their two grandchildren to enjoy a day in Hamworthy Park. Unfortunately, the sun was not shining that particular morning which kept them out of the paddling pool, but they were enjoying the play park instead.  They were telling us how they used to go to Sandbanks until they found our park which they now much prefer. Hopefully, they stayed on until the afternoon when the sun finally came out and it really started to warm up.

Wednesday Volunteers – 13th June 2018

An update from the Wednesday volunteer group.

It’s not all work on Wednesday mornings; here two volunteers take time off from weeding to admire our rose bed,  The roses have attracted favourable comments from many park users who have expressed their appreciation at the colourful display we have achieved – a number saying they cannot believe how big the blooms are this year.

The primulas along the front of the bed are beginning to look untidy but as they provided such a great colourful spectacle throughout the winter months we are reluctant to remove them. Hopefully, they will be even better next winter!

Next Wednesday we intend to remove the yellowing leaves and plant a row of summer flowering mixed colour antirrhinums between them.

As we were gardening, we noticed that the dry weather has shown up a large area of discoloured grass – we believe the marked difference in the colour of the grass indicates the location of the old boating lake.

See this old picture of the park and compare for yourself – what do you think?


Hamworthy Park Plant Sale

A great big thank you to everyone who came down to support the FOHP plant sale on Sunday.
It was a lovely sunny day, and there were many botanical bargains to be had. In total, a whopping £1086 was raised toward the paddling pool! (Note: This has since been revised to £1372 due to the subsequent sale of plants unsold on the day. )


Many thanks to everyone in the community who donated and helped on the day to make it such a big success.

Big Spring Clean in the Park!

A great big thank you to everyone who came down to volunteer for the big park spring clean.

As well as the #Litterheros helping to keep the park clean, there were gardeners planting more daffodils and snowdrops ready for next spring.

Also, several holes around the park were filled and grass seed put down by the wheelbarrow army.

And to top it all off, there were donations of £35 to the paddling pool fund. Thank you!

New Short Term Let Beach Huts Planned For Hamworthy Park

The Borough of Poole have submitted a planning application to install 16 new beach huts towards the Eastern end of Hamworthy Park.

They are planning to own and manage the new beach huts for short term lets and are seeking to install beach huts that are ecologically efficient and in keeping with the surrounding park. The design and specification of the new beach huts can be seen in the planning application.

The Planning Application is available for viewing and comment online at

You can request further information from the Borough beach office via email at or call 01202 708181 and speak to the Customer Service Team.

What are your thoughts?

Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre was held on 2nd December 2017 at St Gabriels Church Hall in Turlin Moor.

We were supported with lovely donations from local residents and raised over £350 for the paddling pool.

Reintroduction Of Hamworthy Park Overnight Car Park Barrier

During the Winter of 2016 the barrier to Hamworthy Park Car Park was removed on a trial basis.

This allowed the car park to be used by commuters working in the Quay area and allowed a car dealership to store cars. This led to a situation where sometimes there were few or no car parking spaces left for the general public to use on weekdays. Furthermore, we received ongoing complaints regarding late night antisocial behaviour in the car park from local residents.

Although all park users were affected over the year we received complaints from the following groups of residents:

  • Parents who could not park within a reasonable walking distance of the school.
  • Windsurfers who could not park to pursue watersports.
  • Park volunteers
  • Dog Walkers
  • Parents wishing to use the playground with children

After a year of campaigning, supported by local residents with an e-petition in June 2017, the car park barrier will be reintroduced from midnight 10th December 2017 and opened at 08:15am daily.  We’d like to thank the Borough of Poole and our local Councillors for their support in reaching a workable solution for our Community.

Friends Of Hamworthy Park Achieve Charitable Status

After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, Friends of Hamworthy Park have achieved registered charity status. At a special meeting held on 23rd November 2017, the final formality of a vote enabled Friends of Hamworthy Park to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and this was unanimously agreed.

We are enormously proud of this achievement as this will allow us to apply for a whole host of Grants alongside the ability to claim Gift Aid on all donations (not just those received online). It will also potentially give us the opportunity to engage with new sponsors and local schemes. Our registration means that we have been rigorously vetted by the Charity Commissioners and they have ensured that Friends of Hamworthy Park is organisationally sound.

Our new Charity will continue the work of promoting, conserving and protecting Hamworthy Park and administer the existing funds, including the £19,000 raised towards the refurbishment of the paddling pool.

Our charitable aims are:

“For the benefit of the inhabitants of Hamworthy and the surrounding area to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions of life for the inhabitants of the area of benefit in particular but not exclusively by the preservation, promotion, support, assistance and improvement of Hamworthy Park and other local open spaces”

If you are interested in working with us then please do get in touch. You can continue to donate online towards the paddling pool refurbishment project.

Community Spring Bulb Planting

Thank you to everyone who came today to help plant the bulbs in the park! After a bit of a grey start we had a lovely morning, with people coming and going throughout the day.

We hope that the bulb planting will contribute to improving the entrance to the park, all carried out by a band of volunteers. Thanks to the Borough of Poole for supporting. We sprung this on them a bit last-minute and they pulled out the stops to help prepare the beds for the planting.

The Friends have a gardening group in the park who meet at 10am on Wednesdays outside the Cafe.

Join us, and you’ll meet other residents, get some gentle exercise and fresh air, and light refreshments, as well as helping make Hamworthy Park look even more attractive.

We can’t wait to see results in spring!