Heritage Lottery Bid

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Bid Explained…


Please click here to download a detailed copy of the development phase document

Bid Team:

The Friends of Poole Park, Poole Projects, Poole Park Life, Poole Borough Council


2014 – 2016

From 2014 to 2016 the Friends of Poole Park and the Borough of Poole made a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £2.5m to help deliver improvements that have been identified through talking to local people. There are five key themes…

2015, 7th January

It was announced that Poole Park would receive £260,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and we are all, of course, delighted! This means we have funding to develop our ideas and the project further over the next two years before we hopefully receive the full funding of £2.7m in 2017.


A wide range of improvements have been proposed for the park and include the following:

  •   Improve the water quality of the boating lake – for people and wildlife, and to control geese numbers
  •   Replace the bridge over the sluice gate – currently a temporary repair
  •   Repair and improve the look of the lake edges
  •   Improve access to lake edges and views with changes to car parking and Norton’s Gate area
  •   Improve the existing play areas and introduce a ‘play landscape’ for all ages and abilities
  •   Plant more trees like the Corsican Pines for climbing on
  •   Improve the rose garden and implement a new tree planting scheme
  •   Replace/upgrade the adult outdoor fitness equipment – been very popular and heavily used
  •   Restore some of the original Victorian features – gate pillars, plaques
  •   Better access to the War Memorial and the Mountbatten memorial, including for disabled access
  •  Improve land drainage to the freshwater lakes, around the cricket pitch and in Copse Close
  •  Make the entrances and roads in the park usable by all park visitors equally
  •  Improve park signage and interpretation and replace lamp standards with Victorian style ones
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