News - Stour Valley Masterplan Update September 2014

NEW - Thursday, 11th September 2014 // UPDATED - Tuesday, 14th October 2014

UPDATED - Tuesday, 14th October 2014

Major investment into Stour Valley

Major investment into Stour Valley - Bournemouth Council Media release

NEW - Thursday, 11th September 2014

Email from Mark Holloway, Countryside Operations Manager, Bournemouth Parks to Bournemouth Councillors
10th September 2014
Stour Valley Masterplan

Dear Councillors,

As you are aware, last year we had the Stour Valley Masterplan adopted and we signed an Memorandum of understanding with the RSPB and are now working with them to develop events and projects in Bournemouth. From September we will be starting to work in more detail on visitor surveys and community involvement in the Stour Valley. This is all in preparation to build up a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to begin to realise our ambitions for the area.

What we are agreed on is:

  • We will develop a continuous bike/buggy/footpath trail between Hengistbury Head and Kinson, running through the Stour Valley and taking in Hicks Farm/Berry Hill/Stour Valley Nature Reserve.
  • The route will have clear gateways, interpretation and signage, plus a sculpture trail.
  • We will develop better access and visitor facilities around Hicks Farm and Stour Valley Barn - sensitive to the landscape and area
  • We will develop better links for local communities to the trail and link to other trails

As you know, the Stour Valley Masterplan has a number of ideas within it. Some of these will be taken forward once we have developed a clearer understanding of the desires of the community, interest groups, partners and funders. We plan to meet with the Heritage Lottery Fund representative this year for a site visit followed up by a development grant application to Heritage Lottery Fund.

A first stage of this process is the sounding out of our visitors to the Stour Valley through an onsite questionnaire which is a requirement of the Heritage Lottery Fund. We will be commencing this survey with our partner the RSPB on Thursday 11 September.

In addition the RSPB have organised a series of activities and events for all the family at the Stour Valley between now and Christmas. These activities will increase the interaction of staff with the local community and also help us to plan for the future in terms of activities/building use/and overall demand for something inspirational in this special area.

I hope this is useful information.

Best wishes,
Mark Holloway, Countryside Operations Manager, Bournemouth Parks