Wednesday Volunteers – Even more large litter

Today we were planting large daffodils in front of the shrubbery at the western end of the park. We often come across litter when carrying out these tasks, but not normally on the scale of what we found today!

Almost hidden from view was a motor scooter! This was well beyond the capacity of the litter pickers to extract from the bushes.

It was eventually hauled out by a group effort and deposited by the main entrance barrier. With the council informed, we then went down to the eastern end. There,  we aimed to recover two mangled bicycles that we did not have time to deal with last week. One of them had disappeared but the other was placed alongside the scooter for disposal.

The Wednesday volunteers meet every Wednesday outside the Park Cafe, 10.00am, for litter picking, light gardening, and general maintenance. Make your mark on the park. Just pop along and join us!

Saturday Volunteers – bulb planting in the park

Despite the mixed weather for our bulb planting event in the park, a large number of spring bulbs were planted between the showers.

The Trustees would like to say a very big thank you for all the help we received. It was particularly encouraging for us to see a good number of enthusiastic children there as well as a number of new faces. The planting continued along the area we started last year – the avenue of young oak trees between the cafe and outdoor activity centre.

Last year, we handed out the bulbs near the cafe and the children could not get them in the ground fast enough! This meant that at the cafe end we had a wonderful display, while at the other end the display of spring bulbs was quite sparse. So, this year we’ve concentrated on the outdoor activity centre end and planted over 1,300 crocus and 600 mixed miniature daffodils and narcissus in that area.

Considering the amount of rain we have had recently it was quite surprising as we dug the planting holes how dry the soil remains just 2 inches below the surface!

We kept a few bulbs back as we hope to have a local nursery school in the park who want to do some planting.  Last week, owing to the weather, we had to cancel the planned planting by Muddy Boots Nursery but they managed to come down on Friday and enjoyed themselves getting some bulbs in the ground.

Keep your eyes open next year as, hopefully, we should have a dazzling array of colour along ‘Oak Tree Avenue’, and for those of you who came and planted bulbs, you’ll be able to say “That one’s mine!”

Even with the bulb planting event and the nursery schools, we still have over 1,000 large daffodils and other assorted bulbs to plant which we hope our Wednesday Volunteers will be putting in over the next few weeks. These will be planted at various locations throughout the park and there are some tulips and iris for the flower bed in front of the cafe.

If you’d like to make your mark on the park, come down and join us. Wednesday, 10.00am, outside the Park Cafe. See you there!

Coop Local Community Fund

Great news! Friends of Hamworthy Park has been chosen as one of the Coops local community funds for the next year!

What does this mean?

If you shop at the Coop and you have a Coop card you can help to raise funds for the Friends of Hamworthy Park at no cost to yourself.

The Friends of Hamworthy Park have been accepted by the Coop for their Community Funding Scheme.  This scheme donates to FOHP 1% of the price of any Coop branded product or service you buy. To do this you need to choose the Friends of Hamworthy Park as your local good cause  This can be done by logging on to or telephone 0800 023 4708.

What is the Coop local community fund? 

The Co-op Local Community Fund helps to support local projects that our members care about. Since its launch in 2017, Co-op members have raised £39 million pounds for over 12,000 local causes. We’re delighted that Friends of Hamworthy Park will now be able to access this funding opportunity.

So please do choose us as your preferred charity and help raise funds!



Wildlife in the Park – a new arrival

We mentioned the Turnstones in a previous post, and by now many of you will have seen them scurrying along the foreshore in the park. Well, over the past couple of weeks the number of resident Turnstones has increased and in the picture, you can see a few on the shoreline doing their signature move – turning stones.

They have been joined just offshore by a number of other winter migrants, possibly greylag geese? If you can identify these lovely birds, then let us know!

This gaggle of them, eighteen in number, were seen busily swimming around in circles occasionally dipping their heads in the water to grab a tasty morsel.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled over the winter for more rare visitors to our beautiful park.

Saturday Volunteers – St Michael’s Church litter pick

Getting started
On Saturday, 3rd Nov, around 30 volunteers met up at St Michael’s Church to litter pick the Churchyard, woods and Cobb’s lane. The main aim was to get the Churchyard ready for the remembrance service. Can you guess how much litter we picked? Find out at the end of this post!

The first volunteers started arriving early from 9.40am – there was obviously a huge appetite to get stuck in. People kept filtering in as volunteers came and went – everyone was welcome whether they had 5 minutes or were staying for the whole pick.

Areas covered
The Churchyard itself only took 2 or 3 sweeps to be cleared, as did the area surrounding the church. In the woods and down Cobb’s lane it was a very different story, as you can see here.

Volunteers who went into the woods found them to be very overgrown, with new piles of rubbish being found in various corners and “dens”. The whole area was cleared out leaving the woods broadly litter free for the first time in a number of years.

Down on Cobb’s lane, sad to say, there were a number of fly-tipped items as well as a great deal of litter – fly-tipped items have been cataloged and the Council will be made aware shortly. Now that there is a team of people looking after this area, hopefully, fly-tipping incidents will reduce. Remember, if you see fly-tipped rubbish in this area or on any public land, please report it to the Council: here.

“From 9 May 2016, local authorities in England can issue fixed penalty notices between £150 to £400 for small-scale fly-tipping offences pursuant to the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016.”

How much rubbish?
And the amount we picked? 1 metric tonne! That’s right, 1000kg (just a little short of an imperial tonne, for those who haven’t made the shift to metric yet). It was an impressive sight and a testament to the power of local people getting together to make a difference in their community.

This was a team effort – the Friends of Hamworthy Park together with volunteers from St Michael’s church – with the support of Poole Council.

A great big thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday morning – the litter pickers, the volunteers who sorted out tea and cakes, the wonderful refuse guys from the council who picked up the rubbish (and weighed it for us), the churchwardens and Friends who worked out the dreaded insurance, the Friends for providing some of the litter pickers and Poole Council for providing the rest.

Get involved!
Do you fancy making a difference in your community, meeting some new people and getting some fresh air? We have a selection of volunteering events:

Wednesday Volunteers – meet every Wednesday in Hamworthy Park, 10.00am outside the park cafe.

Saturday Volunteers – we run a programme of Saturday volunteer events – upcoming events include bulb planting in the park, November 10th, 10.30 am, and the Rigler Road litter pick, December 1st.

See our website or Facebook for further details. Or get in contact.


Wednesday Volunteers – Large litter in the Park

The further we get into autumn, the more the litter problem in the park diminishes.  Although we still pick up several bucketfuls every week, it is nowhere near the amount we had to deal with at the height of summer.

Last week, we decided to litter pick along the beach or should it be called a debris pick?! Amongst the items pictured here were a disintegrating hatch cover from a boat and a plastic crate – much larger litter than we would normally come across – we guess because of the autumn storms.

Should this become a regular occurrence we may have to get some bigger buckets!

Wildlife in the Park – Red Admiral butterflies

We were quite surprised to come across this park visitor enjoying the late October sunshine.

Red Admiral butterflies are more usually summer visitors that are seen in July and August. So this one was a bit late on the scene.

It was photographed investigating the eastern end information board to see what our park has to offer!

Let’s hope it finds somewhere to hibernate soon before the Arctic winds forecast for the end of the week arrive.

Wildlife in the Park – Winter visitors

winter wildlife

It is not only the human and canine species that enjoy the facilities of our park. Or the resident fox and visiting black and white cat! We have a number of other regular visitors, albeit that some are seasonal.

A group of these seasonal visitors have recently put in an appearance along the shoreline, whether they are just passing through or are going to take up residence for the winter months remains to be seen.  Pictured is one of them, a Turnstone, some of whom may be staying here until next spring when they will return to their Arctic breeding grounds.

As their name implies they can often be seen turning over stones and other debris such as shells and seaweed hoping to find some tasty morsels – one of their favourites being sandhoppers. These waders, although at times quite numerous, can often be unobtrusive as their upper parts provide a camouflage that blends in with the shoreline.

So take the kids down to the Eastern end of the park (the bridge end) and see if you spot these wonderful birds busy foraging for food on the shoreline of the bay.

If you’ve spotted some unusual wildlife in the park, send us your pictures and we’ll put up a gallery of all the wonderful wildlife of Hamworthy park.