At this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle Gardens we will be voting on ratifying our new Constitution, reviewing the details of the years achievements, hearing from both the Councils’ managers, invited Neighbourhood Policing Team and local Councilors. We are so pleased to welcome Bryan Edwards Ecologist to talk about his work and how this related to Local Nature Reserves. Everyone is very welcome and please join us at the Wellworth Sports & Social Club: bar opens at 6:30 for meeting start at 6:45.

This year the Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle Gardens have been busy restructuring the Friends now that the Rodwell Trail is fully managed by Dorset Council led by their senior Ranger David Ackerley Dorset Coast and Countryside. In the years to come we will be working with them to secure and maintain Local Nature Reserve status for the Rodwell Trail which will give everybody a better understanding and respect for the wildlife and green assets linking our Community together. The new team have been working through familiarizing with the needs of the Trail and its general maintenance giving attention to each and every access point on the Trail opening up sight lines and cutting back. The renewed footpath at the lower level below the Gun Emplacement has been a great improvement. Tree work continues following storms and planned maintenance. Two new replacement memorial benches by Whitehead Drive have been agreed and work will be starting shortly. Focused dialogue has been held with the Local Neighbourhood Police Team and Community Safety to enhance safety on the Trail and the Friends are preparing advice stickers to signpost how to respond should something of concern arise on the Trail. We are planning some practical Community Projects to enhance the Trail.

Tara Williams Weymouth Town Council Parks & Open Spaces Manager continues her good work for Sandsfoot Castle Gardens and the Green Flag flying proudly our a most loved place which has thrived this year visited by so many people from afar and Gardens and Café are a cherished hub for locals. The local colleges chose the beautiful gardens yet again this year for their proms photo shoots and many weddings had magical celebrations for their photography too. If you are thinking of gathering for something special in Sandsfoot Castle Gardens please check with the Parks Department JulieGordon@weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk,
who have extensive experience of how things work well, well in advance so that arrangements can be thought through. The Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Gardens are keen to also assist in running Events of a Community nature and can be contacted fortweymouth@gmail.com.

Our Friends Group totally relies on volunteers and need your support

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