One of the tasks accomplished by the Wednesday morning volunteers was the repair of the stile at the eastern side of the paddling pool area which was becoming a danger to users as you can see in the accompanying picture.
Before and after
The second picture shows Pete Bullock checking it out after the repairs had been completed.
We also replaced a number of missing and broken fence planks which will prevent dogs accessing the children’s play and paddling pool areas. It also helps prevent children escaping!
“Save the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.”
That’s the old saying and it’s as true today as it ever was. Although we are confident of raising the funds necessary to save the paddling pool, we are not there yet and fundraising goes on. The Friends have been really surprised at the amount of donations we have received in the collecting tins that you see in many Hamworthy businesses and at park events. We have been overwhelmed by the amount generated – these collecting tins have so far contributed over £4500 to our paddling pool project.
This success is entirely due to you, the hundreds if not thousands of donors that have supported our project by not only dropping a few pence through the slot but often several pounds.
Pictured are the contents of the collecting tin from the Park Cafe that was emptied recently. Most noticeable are the amount of silver and £1 coins compared to the copper – this directly reflects the support you are giving us and we really do appreciate it.
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted ta few old pound coins and even the odd euro cent and an old German 10 pfennig piece – we are pleased to accept any of these. The banks will take the old pounds and we are investigating an organisation that will buy the many foreign coins we have accumulated.
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July, the Friends of Hamworthy Park had a free stall at the SORTED IN DORSET event in the park.
Our stall selling soft toys, key rings, coasters and cards etc raised £69.50 and we received £102.39 in donations, including £27.67 given to us by SORTED IN DORSET. We are very grateful for this ongoing support and greatly encouraged by the number of people who showed an interest in what we are doing, both with regard to the paddling pool and the park in general.
Many of the stall holders commented on the beautiful location – maybe we shall see some of them again in future.
The Friends of Hamworthy Park are grateful for the generous donation of £252.05 raised by the organisers at the recent Branksea Avenue street party. The money has been placed in our fund to save the paddling pool.
We’re pleased to be able to tell you that Hamworthy Park has again been successful in the Green Flag Awards.
Along with volunteers from Poole Park and Upton Country Park, The Friends of Hamworthy Park went along to a celebratory photo shoot in Poole Park – a great big thank you to every who helps make Hamworthy Park an award-winning place to be!
Read more here.
What are the Green Flag Awards?
The Green Flag Award scheme recognises well-managed parks and greenspace, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
This week was a quiet one for the Wednesday volunteers (except for all the litter picking!) but here is a picture of some flowers we do not have to look after – they look after themselves!
Whilst the main bed at the cafe has a good show of colourful flowers, there are other areas in the park that also have a splash of colour that occur naturally.
Here are some clumps of wildflowers on the shoreline at the eastern end. It would be a shame to lose these to erosion which is becoming quite a concern in this area of the park.
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.
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?
We are happy to announce that the paddling pool is now open for the upcoming summer season.