Creating Open Spaces for Weymouth

Published: 24 November 2020

Creating open spaces that work for Weymouth

Weymouth Town Council are committed to providing fantastic open spaces, designed around our community. The following projects are examples of how we’re working to create community spaces that residents can enjoy to their full potential.

The Tumbledown site boasts around 25 acres of land and is being developed to create a sustainable and inclusive greenspace that supports community led growing, learning and well-being, which will be modelled on social enterprise principles.

A popular forest school is already operating on the land, offering children the opportunity to explore and learn in a natural environment. However, the site offers so much more and will become a community hub which, among other uses, will provide a safe educational space for vulnerable adults. A community orchard will also be planted to offer a calm, peaceful space for residents, benefiting the health and wellbeing of those who visit.

For the Radipole Park and Gardens project, Weymouth Town Council have teamed up with the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens, securing funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to make improvements to the site.

The space is already popular, so consultation with visitors helped to pinpoint exactly how it could be improved. For instance, added seating so residents can enjoy the beautiful formal gardens, planting fruit trees to promote wildlife in the area and upgrading the sports courts with additional facilities.

The existing play area will be upgraded using natural materials. It will be more inclusive, with play equipment which is accessible for children with disabilities and activities for older children, including a new zip wire!

Councillor David Harris, Chair of the Green & Clean Working Group, said:

“Parks and open spaces have never been more important for the physical and mental health of everyone. Our work with residents helps us to understand what will make a difference to the lives of local people, so we’re able to tailor these projects to truly meet the needs of our community”

An exciting year-round activity programme, suitable for a range of ages and interests, will help to maximise the use of the park as an accessible space for members of the community to meet and socialise.

To find out more about these and other Weymouth Town Council projects, visit: