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A Victorian park in the town of Poole is set to benefit from a considerable amount of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is thought that the money will be put towards a major redevelopment of the area.

Fantastic news for locals and those enjoying their countryside cottage breaks in the coming months, Poole Park has benefitted from over £2.9million of Heritage Lottery Funding following a fundraising campaign by Friends of Poole Park.

The Park will receive an initial grant of £260,000 to spend over the next two years before the further funds will be given. This initial grant will coincide with the council’s monitoring and research project on the park’s boating lake, which will be carried out in 2015 and 2016.

Martin Whitchurch, the borough of Poole project leader for environmental and consumer protection, was ecstatic and overjoyed with the decision. He added that this is the first stage of improving the park, and it is thought that the second stage of the project will be completed in late 2016.

Mike Heckford, vice-chairman and treasurer of the Friends of Poole Park, said that the money must be wisely spent when received to ensure that the park becomes an even more pleasant place to visit in the future.

First opened by Edward Prince of Wales in 1890, Poole Park hasn’t closed its gates since and provides fantastic family fun all year round. This funding will now ensure that the park remains a pleasant place for the whole family to enjoy for many years to come.

If you are looking forward to a cottage holiday in Shaftesbury, Powerstock or another delightful town or village in Dorset, why not head to Poole Park and discover for yourself why it proves so popular?