The Stour Valley has been considered a potential area of strategic greenspace since the 1980’s.
The Stour Valley’s location along the edge of the UK’s 9th largest conurbation (by population size), means that the valley has great potential as a multifunctional landscape that can improve opportunities for recreation, health and well-being, as well as providing a multitude of benefits for wildlife and biodiversity.
In 2013, plans for making better use of our parks and open spaces were drawn up which included improving the footpaths and connectivity along the Stour from Hengistbury Head to Longham.
In 2017 on the completion of these improvements a wider partnership was established (The Stour Valley Park Partnership) of statutory bodies, charities and trusts.
In 2019, BCP Council and the Bournemouth Parks Foundation successfully bid for £700k of Future Parks Accelerator funding to make the parks in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole fit for the 21st century and beyond. The Stour Valley Park forms an integral part of these proposals and benefits from the additional support of the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the National Trust.
The current aims of the park are to:
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