Oakdale Library Gardens group celebrates 10th anniversary

A DECADE of caring for Oakdale Library Gardens saw the group hold a fundraiser for town causes.

The group celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday, September 2, with a community event that raised more than £500 for charities and groups, including the likes of the Cherry Tree Nursery and Poole Men’s Shed.

The Altogether WI provided refreshments, while there was a raffle with donations from Knoll Gardens, Tesco and Compton Acres, among others.

A children’s fancy dress parade was also held, with a winner chosen to receive a Framer Palmers Day pass, while every youngster also went away with a prize. Music was provided by Poole Ukelele Pluckers and Strummers.

Plants galore at the Cherry Tree Nursery stall

Plants galore at the Cherry Tree Nursery stall

Win on Waste, the Dorset Wildlife Trust, and Skills and Learning were also on hand offering information and advice to visitors.

Meanwhile, a new entrance sign was unveiled by Jan Ayrton, who started the project in 2013, alongside Rob Kingman from Poole Men’s shed, whose group provided the skills to make the wooden framework.

Ray Alderton, volunteer lead for Oakdale Library Gardens, in Wimborne Road, Poole, said: “Oakdale Library Gardens are entirely volunteer-led and self-funded and were established thanks to funding from Creekmoor with Oakdale WI.

The new sign being unveiled at the event

The new sign being unveiled by Jan Ayrton, who started the project, alongside Rob Kingman from Poole Men’s shed

“The main garden, The Bookerie, was opened in 2013. Many wildlife-friendly features have been added to this garden making it a garden for all.

“There is also a Commemorative Garden, herb garden, coastal garden and a children’s adventure trail.

“It was a delight to see the local community come and help us celebrate our 10th anniversary and in turn support local charities and community groups.”

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