Grass free lawn gets thumbs up from Dorchester mayor

The Mayor of Dorchester, Peter Mann, has announced his support for growing the first ‘grass free lawn’ in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens as the subject of the 2014/15 Mayoral Appeal.
In a project supported by Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), Dorchester Town Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Gardens Group, both wildlife and people are set to benefit from a lawn grown from a variety of different flowering plants, rather than grass. Members of the local community are being invited to collect their free seeds, compost and trays to grow plants at home, which will be included in the grass free lawn at Dorchester Borough Gardens next year.

Zulu ballet comes to Poole

Celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa, Inala presents choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo in a unique artistic collaboration with multi award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on Thursday, 2 October. Created by a team that includes the talents of current and former members of the Royal Ballet and…

Knit and natter

Knit and Natter sessions organised by Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors for Preemies UK have become so popular that more groups are joining in. The funeral directors are the local co-ordinators for the not-for-profit organisation that aims to keep neonatal intensive care units across the country supplied with ‘tiny togs for tiny tots’. Knitters at…

Lease lays tracks for trains from Swanage to Wareham

An historic lease for railway land means an important trial passenger train service linking Swanage and Corfe Castle with the main line at Wareham can run for the first time in more than 40 years.
Dorset County Council has acquired three miles of trackbed from fellow Purbeck Community Rail Partnership member Network Rail, the line running from a quarter of a mile south of Worgret Junction to Motala, half a mile east of Furzebrook, which is the start of the existing Swanage Railway.