Dorset news

Confiscation order secured

Dorset Police has secured a confiscation order worth £40,000 against a convicted offender. On Thursday 19 December 2013 Lee Hepburn, 26 and of Bournemouth, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis and various motoring offences and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Following a further…

Gruffalo Grotto a festive treat

A special woodland grotto has been created at Moors Valley Country Park to host free readings of the children’s classic story,’ The Gruffalo’s Child’. The Rangers have opened the winter wonderland upstairs in the Park’s Visitor Centre to complement the newly-installed Gruffalo’s Child Trail which leads families out into the forest for a series of…

Dorset’s childcare stars celebrated at awards ceremony

People dedicated to working with young children in Dorset were recently praised for their commitment at the annual Early Years and Childcare Awards ceremony.
The ceremony, organised by Dorset County Council, celebrated the nurseries, pre-schools and childminders that have received the highest Ofsted grade of ‘Outstanding’ over the last year. There are now 116 outstanding early years settings across Dorset.

Give a Christmas tree a good home

Pine trees cleared from local heathland are a cheap alternative to commercially grown Christmas trees. Dorset County Council’s ranger service is restoring Blackdown Heath that surrounds Hardy’s monument. Gorse and scots pine are being removed from the site to make way for grazing animals that will help maintain the heathland habitat, which is essential for…