Our Projects

July 14, 2016

We want to create inspirational parks that improve people’s health and wellbeing, reconnect people with nature and bring our communities together – can you help us?

Current Projects

Parks in Mind

This project will create volunteering opportunities in our amazing parks to improve people’s mental/physical health and reduce social isolation through participating in parks activities.

Volunteers will benefit from improved health and wellbeing, personal development, confidence, sense of achievement and CV enhancement.

Park Yoga

Park Yoga runs every Sunday throughout the summer in Bournemouth Gardens and Kingfisher Barn on the Stour Valley.

Yoga is a great way to relax your mind and body, so why not do that in an amazing outdoor setting, and for free? All you need to bring is a mat or a towel and a positive mindset and relax the morning away!

Knyveton Gardens park improvements

Thanks to a Pocket Park grant we’re introducing some play equipment for toddlers to Knyveton Gardens.

These improvements will also upgrade bedding and create wildflower meadows. Thanks to our Parks in Mind volunteers for making these changes to this urban park.

Contactless donation trial

We’re trialing, prototyping and developing new contactless donation solutions in an outdoor environment.

As our society evolves to using contactless payments as the norm, we’ll be exploring how people’s behaviour may change to donate to charities. We’ll be developing weather proof technology which will contain an independent power source.

Wildlife Bus

We have teamed up with Yellow Buses to create a Wildlife Bus to get kids involved with learning about our local wildlife neigbours.

Why not hop on our Wildlife Bus, tour around Bournemouth learning facts about some amazing creatures and jump off at one of our parks or nature reserves to see the wildlife for yourself!

Winton Park Café

Our community café in Winton Rec opened in August 2019 serving delicious coffee and cake to our park users

We’ve created a community-hub with a focus on nature based activities to transform the park and engage the local community. The profits from the café will go towards enhancing our local parks.

stour valley sculpture trail

This exciting and ambitious project will create an arts and sculpture trail between the coastline at Hengistbury Head, along the river Stour, up to Kinson.

Visitors will encounter unexpected wildlife such as the otter, brown hare and barn owl and discover places such as Iford, Holdenhurst, Throop Mill and Muscliff.

Future Parks Accelerator

We’ve won a place on a new multi-million-pound initiative to create a pioneering approach to the future management of its parks and open spaces.

Funded by the National Trust, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and MHCLG we’re one of eight places across the UK to take part in its ground-breaking Future Parks programme.

Completed Projects

Talk of the town, Stour Valley – NOW COMPLETED

Our second talking bench situated on the delightful river bank near Kingfisher Barn, Muscliff.
Supported by Tesco #bagsofhelp, children recorded their thoughts and feelings for their local river and it’s heritage. Come along and listen to their tales while enjoying the incredible views.

Tuckton's speaking bench – NOW COMPLETED!

The Foundation’s first project was an innovative talking bench on the River Stour at Tuckton.
Solar powered and with state of the art technology the stunning hand-carved bench relates stories of the adjacent river Stour with intervals of music, poetry and laughter.

A Pocket Park for Kinson – NOW COMPLETED

Parks breathe life into our communities as precious spaces for wildlife, meeting friends, exercise and play.

Pocket parks may be small but they do the same job as big green spaces! We’ve helped the local community to develop the new Kinson Village Green.

Westcliff Shelter- NOW COMPLETED

This ‘Victorian clifftop shelter’ forms part of Bournemouth’s coastal heritage.
The local community have come together to raise funds to restore the hut to its original condition and appearance for both residents and visitors to enjoy for generations to come.

Doggie drinking water fountains – NOW COMPLETED!

Our water fountains are hit for both people and pooches and we now have three across Bournemouth.

Our first one was installed outside the visitor centre at Hengistbury Head, with others now installed at Winton Rec and Slades Park. We’re looking to introduce more across Bournemouth soon.