Blake Hill Viewpoint Parkstone
Updated 26th January 2018
The team are working on the second set of new steps; they have done a sterling job in pretty poor weather at times! We will be clearing a large percentage of holly to restore the viewpoint, improving entrances and installing new finger posts.
Join us for a family event on Saturday 17th February, contributing to the National Nest Box Week by making and installing bird boxes on site and learning woodland skills. A great day is planned suitable for families!
The viewpoint is a popular local green space of approx. 1.81 hectares (4.5 acres) with seven access points bordering Elgin Road, Blake Dene Road, Brownsea View Avenue and Blake Hill Crescent. It benefits from wonderful views of Poole Harbour and is a local haven for wildlife providing a very valuable natural space that is popular with walkers, dog walkers and locals. The purpose of this project is:
- to improve access to and enjoyment of the viewpoint, including improvements to the terrain at access points
- to replace aged signage / improve signage from all access points
- to improve stepped areas with uniformly spaced steps of a consistent height
- to replace or make remedial repairs to ground retention timber rounds & handrails
Access in places could be significantly improved, providing a much improved welcome. At the majority of entrances the footpath borders private property with boundary fencing in private ownership, some shrubbery exists that could be removed allowing for better access, improved sight lines and passive surveillance. Whilst improvements to access points may enable those with mobility problems to enjoy some aspects of the site, due to the terrain many areas of the viewpoint are only accessible only to the able bodied.