STROUDEN PARK

We took a few minutes out this week to go and take some photos around Strouden Park and Strouden Woods.

One of the many open spaces we are so lucky to have here 'on our patch', which together with the excellent local schools makes this a great area for families.

The very informative signboard tells us that Strouden Woods are the remnants of Strouden Farm, part of the Throop estates of 18th century gentleman, Cornelius Trim.  'Strouden' means 'a settlement at a marshy place overgrown with brushwood' and apparently the area was still marshland as recently as the 1940s.

The football pitches here are very popular and there is a super small play park closer to the Bower Road entrance into the park.  The pathway along by the cemetery leads through to Mallard Road, so is a good shortcut for children walking over to the two Bournemouth Grammar Schools and Bishop of Winchester.

The signboard again provides useful information on wildlife to look out for, such as brimstone and spotted wood butterflies.  Birds you might hear are jays, treecreepers and great spotted woodpeckers.  The main trees are English Oak.

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