Our Project Participants:-

  • Ferndown Upper School
  • Ferndown Middle School
  • Ferndown First School
  • Ferndown Rotary Club
  • Ferndown Guide Unit
  • Ferndown Riffs Youth Club
  • Ferndown Chamber of Commerce

February 2011 - Work begins on Memorial & Garden of Memories

Following a turf cutting ceremony on the 7th Feb, work commenced on the new Ferndown Memorial and Garden of Memories at the Millennium Park site.

The first stone will commemorate the life of Lt John Thornton, who was tragically killed in Afghanistan in 2008. John's parents, Peter and Linda Thornton were on hand, together with the 'chain gang' of Ferndown Mayors, past and present, to cut the turf.

The Ferndown Memorial will be surrounded by a unique Garden of Memories specially created for the benefit of local residents.

“At present, there is no place for Ferndown people to go and have a quiet moment and remember their loved ones” says Art4All Chairman, Gerry Clarke “Our idea is to create an attractive Garden of Memories close to the centre of town where local residents could come, sit and remember their friends and families who have sadly passed away, in a quiet, attractive and tranquil setting”

Neil Lucas, from local Chelsea Flower Show Gold medallists, Knoll Gardens, is helping with the landscaping and planting of the area and local residents are being invited to participate in the project by purchasing a commemorative stone to help cover the overall cost.

If you would like to help establish the new Ferndown Memorial and Garden of Memories by purchasing a small stone to commemorate a loved one, then contact the Ferndown Town Council on 01202 892249.

January 2011 - Ferndown flies the Flags!

To brighten up the New Year, pupils and students from the Ferndown Upper and Middle Schools have produced an exciting new series of flags to create awareness of Art4All in Ferndown and attract people to visit the Sculpture Park.

You'll see the latest flags with designs based on heraldic images situated at the junction of Church Road and Peter Grant Way. It is planned to introduce lots more bright colorful flags along the roadside to welcome visitors to Ferndown in the future.

January 2011 - Waitrose Community Matters support our cause! Art4All in Ferndown have been nominated to receive support from the Waitrose Community Matters fund.

If you want to support our cause, then go along to Waitrose in Wimborne during the month of January and place a checkout token in our box. It 's as simple as that. The more tokens Art4All receives, the bigger the share of the month's proceeds!

December 2010 - Planting bulbs for Polio!

The Rotary Club of Ferndown have arranged a supply of purple Crocus bulbs, kindly donated by Haskins Garden Centre, which have been planted during the autumn period to commemorate the End Polio Now campaign organised by Rotary International.

It is anticipated the Crocus bulbs will flower during the Spring next year to commemorate World Rotary Day on 23 Feb 2011.

Watch out for a splash of purple and yellow! Focus on the Crocus is a fun, environmental friendly project designed to plant in everyone's mind the opportunity to finally eradicate Polio across the world...

Our aim is to create the World's Largest Living Sculpture so we'll need plenty of help with the planting!

November 2010 - Art4All wins Ferndown in Bloom award!

Judges of this year's Ferndown in Bloom competition awarded Art4All in Ferndown a special prize for Spirit & Involvement.

This was in recognition of the work being undertaken at Millennium Park to create a series of living sculptures reflecting our local environment.

The first sculpture was in the style of a wooden planter carved from a solid piece of beech by pupils from the Ferndown Upper School and depicted various aspects of local wildlife.

Nice to know our work is appreciated in the Community!

October 2010 - Graffitti Art Mural Update

 "Work in Progress!" Students from the Ferndown Upper School are busy preparing some new designs for an extra piece of the 'Sign of the Times' Mural along the Ringwood Road. The new section which depicts workmen building the supporting wall, is entitled "Work in Progress!"

September - Ferndown Frieze goes live!

Ferndown Mayor, Jean Read and Councillor John Cullen putting the finishing touches to the installation of the 12 metre Ferndown Frieze outside Tesco Store in the town centre.

The Frieze was created with help from the pupils of Ferndown First School who produced a series of drawings to celebrate the school's 21st Birthday earlier this year.

The Frieze is part of the Art4All in Ferndown project recently established by the Town Council to help improve the appearance of the town centre and depicts some well known local landmarks as well as a variety of family groups and activities.

Local company,CraftSuperstore kindly donated artist materials to assist with the project and local Ferndown Chamber of Commerce member, Xerocad, arranged the printing.

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