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Parley Wood being improved

>12 Jan 2014
Major improvements to Parley Wood are under way in a collaborative project between Parish Volunteers, West Parley Parish Council and East Dorset Countryside Rangers.

For many years the ancient wood has suffered from boggy, indistinct and overgrown pathways. Parish volunteers have started to clear holly and dead trees, widened and defined pathways and removed trip hazards. The pathways are much safer and the holly clearance allows in more light to encourage plant diversity and make the Woods feel safer to users.

Diggers will soon be brought in dig out clogged ditches to drain some of the wetter parts and felled wood and cuttings will be chipped to improve pathways where this is needed.

Signage is already in place to explain what there is to see in the Woods and show the route of paths and location of benches for the weary walker. Work on this project will continue until the end of March.

Parley Wood is the last large area of natural woodland in West Parley and is shown on maps hundreds of years old. The wood was used as a managed resource, supplying oak timbers for ships and buildings and hazel coppiced to provide material for buildings and fencing.

The Parish Council is keen to see more people use the Wood. It is well used by dog walkers, is on the route of the new West Parley Heritage Walk and is frequently used by the popular Wednesday weekly walkers group. It is hoped that these improvements will attract a wider group of users, especially as it will be easier to use pushchairs on the pathways when the work is completed.

A number of bird boxes have been put up and more are planned, as are wood sculptures along the pathways.

There is ample car parking off Christchurch Road. New signage close to Parley Country Club, off Christchurch Road, shows the access points to the Woods and details of other amenities in the area. Walkers can drop into Parley Country Club after a good walk.

This project is part of an overall plan to improve the recreational assets of West Parley. Major improvements have already been made to the Recreation Ground over the last few years and the Parley Country Club has had a major makeover of the whole interior of the building.

Whats On

Gardening Club

Tues 28th Mar 7.30pm at the Parley Sports Club, Alisdaire Urquhart, "good bugs, bad bugs & compatible plants" new members and visitors welcome £2
contact Kate Ward 01202 577319

West Parley & South Ferndown Neighbourhood Watch, Annual Public Meeting

Tues 18th Apr 7.30pm at St Mark's Church, all local residents are welcome and are encouraged to attend, whether they are current members of the Watch or not… and there will be tea and cakes!. . more

Coffee Morning

every Wednesday from 10am - 12 noon at the Parley Sports and Social Club. All residents and friends will be made very welcome.

Did You Know?

see what the Parish Council have done in the last few years, tell us what you would like to see for 2016/17. . more

Heritage Walk

learn all about West Parley's history as you walk, it is well researched and informative. . more

Parley Health Walks

every Wednesday 10am from the Parley Sports and Social Club, followed by coffee and biscuits! Lets get healthy and have some fun.

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Next Meetings

Planning committee:
Wed 5th Apr 2017, 7.30pm
MS Centre, Church Lane

Annual Parish Meeting:
Fri 21st Apr 2017, 7.30pm
West Parley Memorial Hall
refreshments from 7pm, look out for the posters on the noticeboards!

Parish Council:
Wed 26th Apr 2017, 7.30pm
MS Centre, Church Lane
please note this meeting has been changed from the 19th to the 26th April

Agendas / Minutes

Newsletters

Parish Council update for Jan 2017
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Neighbourhood Watch newsletter for Mar-May 2017

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