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Friends of Radipole Park & Gardens

The Friends Group was set up in June 2006. The primary aim of the group is to work in partnership with Weymouth & Portland Borough Council to preserve the benefits of Radipole Park for the community.

The park covers an area from Coronation Crescent down to the edge of the Jubilee Retail Park and is enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life. It is one of the few remaining green areas in Weymouth.

We have the following five aims:

  1. Work in partnership with the landowners, Weymouth & Portland Council, in the development and management of Radipole Park and Gardens.
  2. Encouraging local residents to use the Park and Gardens more and to take an active interest in its upkeep.
  3. Help the local authority to raise substantial funding for the enhancement of the Park and Gardens.
  4. Carry out practical projects to enhance the Park and Gardens and its environs.
  5. With the Council, work towards 'Green Flag' status for the Park and Gardens and to maintain that standard to secure the Park and Gardens long term, for future generations to enjoy.

The committee is chaired by local resident, Martin Cridland the Treasurer is Mike Goulden and the Secretary and Historian is Sue Hogben.

Events for 2017

Saturday 19 August - Big Fun Day

Come and join us between 12pm to 5pm for a great family fun day out with lots to see and do!

  • live music from the Mill Street Jazz Band plus open mic sessions
  • hot and cold refreshments available
  • ride on a miniature steam train
  • take a look at the vintage Weymouth pop-up exhibition
  • face painting and games to play
  • raffle and tombola stalls
  • talk to local authors with the opportunity to purchase signed copies of their books
  • enjoy a performance from the Weymouth Amber Lights majorettes
  • have a chat with local heroes from the rescue services and look at their vehicles

Help the Friends submit a successful Lottery bid

If you want to have a say in the future of Radipole Park & Gardens then the Friends of the Park need to hear from you!

In conjunction with Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Parks team, the Friends are seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery's Parks for People grant.  The Parks for People funding is awarded to conserve heritage, promote the history of an open space and preserve treasured green spaces.  

The planned scope of the Friends' bid includes looking at installing new drainage on the playing field, developing a bog garden, promoting the history of the gardens by installing notice boards and producing leaflets, improving the play area, adding a café and toilets, increasing the shrub, plant and tree stock, replacing the skate park, resurfacing the path networks and creating a strong community identity.

David Pearce, Chair of the Friends of Radipole Park & Gardens said: "To help us put a successful bid together we need to gather as many views on our intended plans as possible. We are carrying out a number of events where we will be engaging with the park users to collect their opinions, and there will be an engagement questionnaire sent to post codes bordering the park and gardens."

New committee members needed

The Friends are also seeking new committee members prepared to help with the bid and fundraising events. So if you have a skill we can use and a desire to improve this local treasure we would love to hear from you.

Please contact either Martin Cridland on 01305 773702 or Mike Goulden on 01305 776867 to discuss further.

Community orchard comes into fruit! 

The Friends have helped to create the Borough's first community fruit orchard on the playing field at Radipole Park Drive.

This most recent project came about following a very generous donation of £500 from a committee member, Denis Williams. Working with the Borough Council's Parks Section, it was decided that the money would contribute towards creating an orchard that the community will not only help to plant but can also enjoy picking the fruit in the future.

On top of the original donation, the Friends Group also invested £500 to the project and the Council has undertaken all the preparatory work for the project. The group also approached the Woodland Trust who provided a number of Whips to produce a protective hedgerow alongside the trees.

Pack a picnic and head for Radipole Play Park

The Friends have helped to improve their play park by raising money to fund two brand new picnic tables. As summer approaches, the busy play park provides plenty of fun filled entertainment for many local children but, in the past, mums and dads were left standing around. The Group considered that the provision of new picnic benches was essential to encouraging more visits to the play area and now families can pack a picnic and sit in comfort as their young ones play safely in the park.

Bird box building

Younger members of the community braved a cold February day in Radipole Gardens to build bird boxes. The RSPB supplied the bird box kits and there are now 13 new nest boxes up in the gardens.

Swing into action

Thanks to a generous charitable donation a disabled cradle swing has been installed in the play area at Radipole Park Drive.

The Council's Parks Section bought the swing but restricted budgets did not allow for immediate installation of the safety surfacing, however, with a little help from the 'Friends', funding from a local Cox Trust was found and the swing was installed for children to enjoy.

Join the group

If you'd like to join the group, please contact 01305 781821. Membership costs are either £1 per household or £5 per household for a lifetime membership.

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