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North Road Playing Field & linked open spaces Parkstone

The Bournemouth & Poole College Community Garden

Updated: 2nd April 2014

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North Road Playing Field improvement proposals Oct 2012 (PDF, 100kb)

Constitution Hill & Parkstone Heights proposals Sept 2012 (PDF, 220kb)

North Road Playing Field (Nov 2011)

Project details

Budget: £60,000 at North Road; a further £60,000 for improvements to the linked sites at Constitution Hill Viewpoint & Parkstone Heights

Funding: Planning Obligations - Casual Play & Amenity Open Space (Parkstone ward)

Lead Officer Martin Whitchurch  •  01202 261700  •  Email: environment@poole.gov.uk

March 2014: Tree planting and poppy seed sowing by volunteers

In other work up the hill from the playing field:

A range of work took place in early 2014:

Through the woods at Constitution Hill and Parkstone Heights contractors cleared areas of Rhododendron and Laurel, creating open sightlines and views as well as improving the quality of the woods [ why remove Laurel & Rhododendron? ]

A new entrance has been created from Cotes Avenue in to Constitution Hill woodland. The old entrance had steep steps and large protruding roots. A new entrance improves accessibility for pedestrians and maintenance vehicles. A new gravel track now extends towards the steps that lead to the viewpoint, which themselves have been upgraded - the old timber steps and hand rails had become very overgrown and the timbers were rotting. A more sustainable solution has been used, with recycled composite materials that will provide a longer lifespan than preservative treated timber

A new bench has been installed on the viewpoint within Parkstone Heights:

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Pond & Streams overview

(PDF, 725kb)

Pond & Streams technical layout

(PDF, 600kb)

October 2013: The new pond under development as part of the drainage works

The capital works at North Road playing field are complete. We have adapted the old playing field for public use as an open space, including:

Community Involvement at North Road

There have been two volunteer tasks at North Road playing field as well as other local groups helping on the field.

On Tuesday 29th October 2013 around 12 local people came along to help sow wildflower seeds, cut back invasive Willow and saplings and do a lot of raking and smoothing over of mounds - all of which helps improve the look of the field.

On Wednesday 19th March 2014 we planted a range of fruit trees and native hedgerow, and sowed poppy seeds as well as doing a bit of a tidy up.

Thanks to everyone who helped make a difference!

If you would like to Get Involved in the future we may be setting up a site user group, so please get in touch with Martin Whitchurch:

Tel 01202 261700 or

Email: environment@poole.gov.uk

The previously unused playing field on North Road, Parkstone is owned by The Bournemouth and Poole College. The Council has agreed a lease for the land in order that it can be used as public open space.

The Project

Poole’s newest open space is accessible via new steps on North Road and a ramped access for maintenance vehicles and pedestrians.

New drainage features have also been created with the aim of:

The main area of meadow should also become drier as a result of these works.

Improvements will be managed by Poole's Greenspace Maintenance team through existing revenue budgets.

The land is leased from The Bournemouth and Poole College; the College has stipulated in the lease that the site is to be called 'The Bournemouth & Poole College Community Garden'.

Click the image to open an aerial overview of the linked open spaces

The new bench at Parkstone Heights viewpoint

Facebook group

Local resident Jim Gardner has set up a Facebook Group celebrating the field’s wildlife and habitat value, why not join up?