A stunning trio of Portland stone shell sculptures are the focal point of a new Seaside Garden at Flaghead Chine, Poole.
The works are part of a £6.6m investment in Poole’s seafront, which is partly funded by a grant from Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and partner organisations, and co-ordinated by Dorset Coast Forum. The project forms part of “Dorset Coastal Connections – People and Places”, a connected portfolio of 18 projects along the Dorset Coast, from Christchurch to Lyme Regis, which aims to support and boost the economies of Dorset’s coastal areas. Four sites along Poole’s seafront, including Shore Road, Branksome Chine and Canford Cliffs are benefiting from investment.
This project at Flaghead Chine has been designed to create a memorable arrival at the seaside and to connect the spectacular views through the wooded chine onto the beach and beyond to the Purbeck Hills. Flaghead Chine garden offers younger visitors the opportunity for sensory and quiet play, and creates an inspirational meeting point for friends and families.
Sculptor Phil Bews created small scale models of a trio of shells, which were then realised in the impressive largescale shells we see at Flaghead Chine by Albion Stone Plc Portland, then hand finished by Mr Bews.
Four new high quality beach huts have also been installed at the Chine aimed at family hire in this picturesque location.
Councillor John Challinor, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “Flaghead Chine now provides a fitting welcome to the stunning seaside. The garden is encouraging families to stay a while, admire the views and children are enjoying the incredible stone shells. We are lucky to enjoy such a wonderful seaside and to be able to continue our investment in Poole – a truly beautiful place.”
Nikki Parker-Goadsby, Project Officer for Dorset Coastal Connections said: “We’re delighted with how the welcome at Flaghead Chine has been improved. The Coastal Communities funding has really added value to Borough of Poole’s investment in the seafront here, adding a beautiful public space for everyone to enjoy. It’s great to see people already making use of the extra seating and enjoying the play space.”
For more information on Flaghead Chine https://seafront.pooleprojects.net/flaghead-chine/