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

August 2011 - Work begins on Metal Monster!

Youngsters from Ferndown's popular Youth Club, RIFFS, have been invited to attend a welding and metalwork course that will teach basic craft skills and at the same time help create a giant metal robot sculpture which will be later installed in the Sculpture Park.

The workshop is being organised by Riffs Youth Club Leader, Alan Ball with help from Sculptor, Chris Wood

July 2011 - Ferndown Carnival draws a crowd!

It was good to see a number of families enjoying the woodland glade area in Millennium Park during a busy Carnival day. It was a great place to chill out and enjoy a picnic whilst young children let their hair down playing on the carved wood animals.

Meanwhile, a number of ceramic smilestones have been created with help from the Ferndown Upper School Art Department which are being used to signpost the new Ferndown Art Trail.

The trail now includes over 30 items of artistic interest and is increasing in size as more items are installed. Look out for the smilestones and waymarkers along the route.

See more details on the Art Trail webpage. 

June 2011 - Walk the Ferndown Art Trail with us!

Art4All introduced the new Ferndown Art Trail from the Ford Lane Recreation Ground on11th June.

The launch event co-incided with the Royal British Legion's 90th Birthday celebrations. Local residents were invited to attend a Great Poppy Party and view the latest Art4All developments.

Also on display was a giant metal sculpture, the Predator, which was loaned by local vehicle hire company, Abacus.

The robot drew a lot of attention from visitors, including John Muggleton, the Town Mayor.

Meanwhile work progressed on the creation and installation of a new welcome archway at the Harmont Wood entrance with some artistic carving by Gerry Clarke and a new carved wood wildlife panel by Keith Willcox, the head groundsman at Ferndown Town Council.

May 2011 - New Wood Carvings at Ferndown Sculpture Park

Three new wood carvings have been installed in the Ferndown Sculpture Park.

Fernie the Bear, Cyril the Squirrel and a hand carved Lover’s Seat have all been carved by Welsh wood carving wizard, Chris Wood who visited Ferndown again recently and created some fresh new pieces, including an innovative Musical Log Drum to enhance the children’s play area opposite the Ferndown Middle School.

April 2011 - Civic Party visit Ferndown Upper School Flag Display

A party of local civic dignatories visited the Ferndown Upper School Art Department to see how Art Technician, Jan Collard and her team of students design and prepare the latest series of Flags for Ferndown

March 2011 - Work completed in time for Inaugural Ceremony!

Over 200 people braved a damp afternoon on 30th March and attended a civic ceremony at Millennium Park and saw the Ferndown Mayor, Cllr Jean Read unveil the Ferndown Memorial to Local Heroes.

At the unveiling ceremony were families, friends and relatives of the dozen or so local people who have had a stone commemorated in their memory.

The inaugural ceremony was covered by the BBC's South Today programme later the same evening and included a number of interviews with families and relatives.

Since the beginning of the month, Gerry Clarke and the Art4All team have been busy constructing the Ferndown Memorial and Garden of Memories in Millennium Park with help from the Council's Town Clerk and Ground Staff.

At the centre is a bronze english rose, surrounded by a series of local Purbeck stones, Dorset white pebbles and green mosaic tiles in the shape of a fernleaf.

With help from John Cullen and Peter Thornton, the first stone was laid to commemorate the life of Lt John Thornton. Ferndown Town Mayor, Jean Read and past mayor, Lesley Dedman stopped by to lend a hand. In addition, stones have been laid to commemorate a number of local residents who have served the community.

If you would like to support us by purchasing a stone to commemorate a loved one, then contact the Ferndown Town Council on 01202 892249.

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