Community Groups – Stewards of our Spaces

Many of our open spaces in Poole are looked after by active community groups who work hard to involve their local community in their park, hosting events, running volunteering sessions and communicating with neighbours to raise awareness.  

Here is a list of our community groups – if you don’t see one for your park or open space, perhaps you would like to start one!  If so, email

Bourne Valley Action Group

The Bourne Valley Action group represents the Bourne Valley Estate and engages local residents on a variety of different projects, including those working on open spaces.  They have a website and an active Facebook group.

Community groups - helping to look after Pinecliff Sunken Garden

(C) Pines and Chines

Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and District Residents Association

The Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and District Residents Association investigates aspects of their local community that affect residents, and are responsible for the management of Pinecliff Sunken Garden, working in partnership with BOP.  They have a website, a residents’ magazine called Pines and Chines and a Facebook page, as well as frequent meetings held in Branksome Park.

Branksome West Residents Association and the Friends of Branksome Rec

The BWRA engages residents living in the Branksome West area of Poole in local matters.  The BWRA host a number of events throughout the year, and in 2017 will launch the Friends of Branksome Rec, a group focusing on the improvement of Branksome Rec.  To get involved, visit their website or check out the Poole Enviroteers opportunity to join the new Friends group.

Broadstone Fields in Trust

The Broadstone Fields in Trust group promote the usage and preservation of Broadstone Recreation Ground.  They host a very popular annual fun day, and more information about the work they do can be found here.

Canford Cliffs Land Society

The CCLS is an active community group working in the Canford Cliffs area of Poole.  Working in partnership with the council, they manage the Pocket Park at Canford Cliffs and various other projects.  To get in contact with the group, email them.

Friends of Broadstone Nature Reserve

The Friends of Broadstone Nature Reserve are a community group with a mission – to protect and look after the nature reserve.  With frequent volunteer work parties, they also host social events in the summer and record their wildlife sightings.  Find out more about the group here.

Community groups - helping to look after Coy Pond

Friends of Coy Pond

Helping to look after one of the most beautiful gardens in Poole, The Friends of Coy Pond plan and host several events throughout the year including their popular carol concert by the pond, as well as volunteering work days and work hard to raise awareness about the open space to local neighbours.  Their website can be found here.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  The Friends of Coy Pond have vacancies on their committee!  If you are interested in volunteering your skills as a secretary, a newsletter editor, a Fundraising officer or an Events officer, the Enviroteers has all the information you need.

Community Groups - helping to look after Hamworthy Park

Friends of Hamworthy Park

The Friends of Hamworthy Park look after Hamworthy Park and are a brilliant example of how a community group can use social media to engage their local residents.  On Wednesdays, the Friends of Hamworthy Park lead a Health walk and then run their Hands on at Hamworthy Park sessions as well as hosting several events throughout the year including their very popular summer fete.  Visit their Facebook page here to find out more.

Community groups - helping to look after Poole Park

Friends of Poole Park

The Friends of Poole Park help to look after Poole Park and run different projects to raise awareness and funds for the park.  They have a Facebook page and a website where you can find out more information.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  The Friends of Poole Park are looking for volunteers to run the Information Kiosk in the park.  For more information, click here.

Poole Park Heritage Group

The Poole Park Heritage Group work to raise awareness with the public about the Poole Park Life HLF bid and help with public consultation, fundraising and support at local events.  For more information, visit their website here.

Friends of Turner’s Nursery

Turner’s Field is the location of a Transition Town project which has led to the development of a community orchard called Turner’s Nursery.  The community orchard is looked after by a community group who have regular workdays and engage the local community in the project.  They have a website and a Facebook page which you can visit to find out more information.

Friends of Upton Country Park

The Friends of Upton Country Park work toward the protection, improvement and promotion of the estate for the enjoyment and education of all visitors.  The Friends are involved in lots of different projects including running the Plant Centre, the information kiosk, staffing the House and organisation lots of different events throughout the year.  Find out more here.

Parkstone Bay Association

The Parkstone Bay Association represents the area around Harbourside Park (Baiter Park and Whitecliff) and aims to keep the community up to date with news that affects them.  They host community litter picks to help keep the area looking beautiful.  With regular meetings, the association has a website where you can find out more information.

If you are a community group looking after one of Poole’s parks or open spaces, and would like to be included in this listing, please get in touch at

Community Groups - gently shaping the world