Removals and storage in Ferndown, Dorset
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Ferndown: A potted history
Ferndown is a town and civil parish in East Dorset. The parish, which until 1972 was called Hampreston, includes the communities of Hampreston, Longham, Stapehill and Trickett’s Cross. The latest population figure (according to the 2011 census) for the parish is 26,559.
Ferndown is the second largest inland town in Dorset in terms of population, after Dorchester.
The district has a relatively large elderly population: in 2006, 38.5% were aged 60 or above.
Ferndown lies next to the A31 trunk road between Wimborne and Ringwood. The nearest railway station is Branksome, 6.8 miles away.
Ferndown is also only 4 miles (6.4 km) from Bournemouth International Airport at Hurn.
On the outskirts of the town lie the Ferndown and Uddens Industrial Estates, forming the largest industrial area in East Dorset containing a wide range of both small and large businesses. Ferndown Industrial Estate, Uddens Trading Estate and East Dorset Trade Park cover an area of approximately 61.h hectares. Many household names ad major employers are present there, such as Farrow & Ball. A diverse range of industries are also represented covering business services, manufacturing, retail and many more.
The King George’s Field is very large area of open space including a children’s playground with equipment for children with special needs, six tennis courts, four football pitches, cricket pitch, a bowling green, boules area, croquet practice lawn and a fully equipped skateboard park.
There are two golf clubs, Ferndown Forest Golf Club, which offers a single 18-hole course, and Ferndown Golf Club, which offers two courses: The Old Course also known as the Championship Course, and the nine-hole Presidents Course.
The Ferndown Leisure Centre, situated next to Ferndown Upper School, has two heated pools, a sports hall, a fully equipped Gymnasium, Squash Courts and a rifle range as well as a power house suite.
Ferndown Community Centre is one of the town’s main attractions, home of the Barrington Theatre in the main shopping centre at Penny’s Walk, which also includes a large Tesco supermarket and the local branch of the county library.
Also there are large areas of woodland and heathlands around Ferndown including Holt Heath and Slop Bog. This heathland originally covered the entire area and up until the early 1900s covered many areas that are now residential. Also on many of the heaths and in much of the woodland there are many burial mounds and small ponds. However, recently Ferndown Heath, visible from King George V playing field, has been subject to several heath fires.
Schooling in Ferndown, as in much of Dorset, is based on a three-tier system of first, middle and upper schools. Ferndown Upper School is a co-educational comprehensive school for students aged between 13 and 19 years, with up to 320 pupils admitted each year from its feeder Middle schools in Ferndown, West Moors and Verwood. This school is renowned for Visual Arts as it has won the Arts Council Gold award.
Ferndown Middle school (on the former Gorsemoor Middle School site) takes pupils at age 9 from Ferndown First School (on the old Ferndown Middle School site), from Hampreston First School and from Parley First School. The Ferndown school changes occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the original first school was demolished to make way for a small residential area. The two middle schools combined and one became the new first school.
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