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Public Workshops

We are pleased to announce that during September and October we will be hosting in person workshops at three sites within the Stour Valley Park area. In the interest of COVID safety we have decided to restrict numbers for these events to 30 participants each, so please register via the links provided to ensure your attendance.

During each of these events we will be focusing on the opportunities in and around each host location, so we would advise attendance at whichever location(s) you are most familiar with.

September 11th 10:00-14:00, Canford area

Canford Park SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace)
Knighton Lane
BH21 3AS

On the 11th of September we will be welcoming a group made up of public participants and key stakeholders at the Canford SANG in Wimborne. Our goal for the day is to consider how the Canford SANG and the areas of land it borders can support plans for the Stour Valley Park. Situated in the mid-section of the Stour Valley Park, Canford SANG bears the potential to act as a pivotal area along the main route of the park.

You can view a full transcript of the workshop here.

September 25th 10:00-14:00, Kingston Lacy Estate area

Bishops Court Farm Shapwick
Bishops Court Farm

Join us on the 25th of September at Bishop’s Court Farm on the Kingston Lacy estate to envision how this wonderful area of land can fit into the Stour Valley Park project. Positioned in the upper end of the Stour Valley Park area, this 850 acre landscape presents a unique opportunity for nature recovery. If done the right way, the natural landscape can be both conserved and enhanced while providing public access, with all the benefits that can bring.

You can view a full transcript of the workshop here

October 9th 10:00-14:00, Hengistbury Head area

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Join us on the 9th of October at Hengistbury Head visitor centre in Christchurch Harbour for a workshop focusing on the future of the Stour Valley Park in this area. Christchurch Harbour represents the coastal terminus of the Stour Valley Park, and is an area very popular with local visitors and tourists. Hengistbury Head in particular is renowned for its coastal landscape, local wildlife and stunning views.

You can view a full transcript of the workshop here

Public Workshops

Public workshops are an essential part of the process leading up to the creation of the Stour Valley Park. So far we have invited the public to join several events and explore the possibilities and potential of this project. These events took place on the 2nd, 4th and 6th of February 2021. If you'd like to browse the results of the discussions in these workshops, you can do so by clicking on the links below.

We will be announcing more public workshops in the near future, and we need your participation to carry on moving the Stour Valley Park forwards. Please sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with announcements.

Records of Sessions

Clicking the links below will take you to the digital whiteboards used in our public sessions. Please be aware that when viewing online, there is an option to zoom in on responses to get a better view. This can be done via the magnification controls located in the bottom right of the browser window.

2nd of February 2021 results available here

4th of February 2021 results available here

6th of February 2021 results available here


If you'd like to add any further comments to the results of the public sessions so far, then please do so via the form below. If you have general comments or suggestions unrelated to these sessions, please use the contact form.

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