Parks and open spaces | We are looking for new tenants for East Gate Lodge | Floodlights are coming to Branksome Park | Safety Zone established at Canford Cliffs

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East Gate Lodge seeks new tenants

east gate lodge

We're seeking new tenants for East Gate Lodge in Poole Park, one of the two original park-keeper’s lodges. 

Offering up to a seven year lease there will be a competition to find a new tenant, looking closely at what community benefits can be gained from the Lodge, along with making sure the building is invested in and well maintained in the future. 

Find out more information about the project. 

The competition period ends on 9 February 2018.


Community day at Blake Hill Viewpoint

Work continues at Blake Hill viewpoint to improve the access from Elgin Road and the new staircase is now nearing completion.

The planned work to improve the diversity of the 1.8 hectare woodland by removing a lot of the holly, restoring a small area of remnant heath and improving the viewpoint will continue throughout January.

A community day will take place on 17 February, installing bird and bat boxes and giving you an opportunity to find out a little more about the importance of the viewpoint to local biodiversity and wildlife. 

Find out more about the project and community day

Blake Hill Viewpoint staircase under construction

Poole Park Quiet Garden

The new Poole Park Quiet Garden is waiting to burst in to Spring colour after a very long winter. 

Before this beautiful space blooms, there are still opportunities to donate towards the bespoke timber benches which are located around the area. If you haven’t seen them already the stunning benches really make the garden a welcoming place to visit.

Contact our Environmental Services team for more information

Bench in the quiet garden

Tree planting at St George's Playing Field

St George’s Playing Field in Oakdale is a fantastic place to enjoy a picnic or play ball games, however very little shelter is offered by the current facilities. To help create some shade and encourage wildlife to the area, we are planting a number of trees in the playing field. 

Planting has already begun, with half of the oak trees and a small section of open woodland in place, but work has been put on hold due to the wet conditions. Once the ground dries out the planting will resume.

Find out more about the planting and works taking place

Trees being planted in St George's Playing Field

Flood-lit tennis coming to Branksome Park

Branksome Park Tennis Facility will officially reopen on 30 January following the installation of floodlighting on two courts.

The project also saw five courts resurfaced and recoloured, surrounding fencing being replaced, and the installation of a key fob system access gate.

Keep an eye on social media for more details about a launch event taking place.

Find out more about Poole tennis membership

Branksome Tennis Courts

Monitoring at Canford Cliffs

Following a slip at Canford Cliffs last spring, we’ve been monitoring the stability of the 30m high cliffs on a regular basis. Of particular concern was the potential for cliff material to travel down to the beach area, especially in the event of bad weather.

In recent weeks there has been significant movement of the targets (used to record any cliff movement) positioned in the location of the slip. This increases the risk that material could pile up at the back of the beach huts which may be of sufficient force to damage them or cause a partial collapse.

We’ve therefore taken the precaution to construct a safety zone in this area. Sorry for any inconvenience the partial closure of the prom may cause.

Find out more about the cliff slip and works happening

Canford Cliffs