Coy Pond Gardens improvements

4th December 2019

The Project

Coy Pond Gardens has recently benefitted from improvement works. The Friends of Coy Pond submitted a successful application for what was previously Borough of Poole’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and received funding to construct a Japanese-style bridge over the Bourne Stream, designed to match the one at the top of Bournemouth’s Upper Gardens. The new bridge helps to make the area more accessible to all locals and visitors, including those with mobility problems, or with prams and pushchairs.

By the Friends of Coy Pond

This project complements all the work carried out by the Friends of Coy Pond group in maintaining the pond, gardens and rockery. At over 550 feet long, the rockery is the longest on the South Coast, and over a period of three years it has been cleared and re-planted. Aside from the hedging present at the top of the rockery, all the other plants (which number a few thousand) have been donated by members of the public, reinforcing the community nature of this open space.

For the last three years the gardens have been entered into the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Britain in Bloom scheme. Each year the results have improved and this year we were delighted to receive the award of ‘Outstanding’. Recent additions also include a Stumpery and a Bug Hotel to help support and improve biodiversity.

BCP Council’s Street Scene team were pleased to help the Friends of Coy Pond group by carrying out the works and installing the bridge.

Project details

Funding Community Infrastructure Levy
Project led by: Friends of Coy Pond
Works carried out by: Street Scene Team, BCP Council

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