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Poole Park Mosaic UnveiledThe completed Poole Park Photomosaic, celebrating Poole Park's 125th Anniversary, was unveiled last week by the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Mrs Xena Dion, alongside the Project Patron, General Manager of Rockley Park, Geoffrey Smith.

The public attending the unveiling were entertained by local actor and storyteller Michele O'Brien, in period costume as "Mrs Jennings", the wife of South West Potteries owner, Mr George Jennings, who provided much of the original ornamentation of the Park gates. Historic Park photos were on display and all who attended received a limited edition souvenir postcard.

The brain-child of the Poole Park Heritage Group, the Photomosaic depicts the map of "The People's Park" at its inauguration in 1890 and is made up of the thousands of photographs provided by local residents, businesses and community groups.

Cllr Xena Dion, Mayor of Poole, said: “This amazing piece of artwork celebrates Poole’s heritage in a truly distinctive way. Each photo represents a special moment in time for members of our local community both past and present. Together with the symbolic 1890 map of Poole Park, this artwork will be a lovely reminder as to why this park is so special to so many people.”

The Photomosaic has not just captured the imagination of the local people but also helped to raise vital funds for the Park. The accompanying donations alongside photo uploads will help to unlock further funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Park improvements.

The project would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the Poole Park Heritage Group volunteers running events, including local history talks and photographic exhibitions, and promoting the Photomosaic to encourage all to upload their photos.

It has been hugely assisted by generous local sponsors, especially the Project Patron Rockley Park, and would have been impossible to achieve without the talents of Pollytiles who brought the Photomosaic to life and the expertise of the Borough of Poole's Poole Park Life Project Manager, Martin Whitchurch, who said:

"The Photomosaic is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved and we are so pleased   that the public supported us so well and we can now unveil this amazing artwork."

Poole Park has always been a special place for locals and tourists alike, with this project capturing that spirit by acting as a tribute both to its original 1890 plan and to all those who have made the Park a special place for everyone to enjoy today. It recognises the importance of the original Victorian values that understood how vital open space was, and still is, to us all.

From vintage views and portraits, wedding photos, pets and much more, the Poole Park Photomosaic tells the many tales of those who have spent memorable times in the Park. 

To find out more about the project, visit http://poolepark.org or contact the Poole Park Heritage Group by emailing: pooleparkheritagegroup@gmail.com