Poole has over 1067 hectares of greenspace. That's the equivalent of 1491 Wembley-sized football pitches. It covers nearly 20% of the borough's surface and is made up of:

  • 9 borough parks
  • 10 local parks
  • 9 small local parks
  • 23 natural habitats
  • 10 cemeteries, closed churchyards and the crematorium

Classification of parks are based on the existing or targeted classifications identified in the Open Spaces Strategy 2004.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

The Borough of Poole is a Section 28G authority - a public body, as defined under section 28G of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and has a duty to conserve and improve SSSIs and to consult Natural England before carrying out or permitting operations that can damage SSSIs.

Natural habitat designations

LNR, SSSI, SPA, Ramsar all of which we have in Poole.

Your boundary

If you have a boundary which backs onto a greenspace you are responsible for the upkeep of that boundary.

This includes managing any vegetation which overhangs the boundary into your property.

We are happy for you to clear any vegetation which is affecting the boundary structure, such as a wall or fence. This includes clearing vegetation so you can paint your fence, or removing ivy on your wall.

Please do not remove any landscaping vegetation which is growing on council land. If you need to access to your boundary from the greenspace, please try not to cause any damage to the vegetation or land.

Keep in mind that you need to check the designation of any land or vegetation before you begin work on it. You will also need to dispose of any waste which you generate from the work.

Vegetation damage to a property

If you believe that council owned vegetation is causing damage to your property and you wish to make a claim, please write to Financial Services:

Borough of Poole
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU

You need to provide as much information as possible and you may be required to support your claim with an independent expert's report.

Page last updated: 28 February 2019
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