Have your say on Walford Millpond
WALFORD Mill Crafts is hoping to re-discover its Millpond - but it needs input from the public.
The Millpond is now overgrown and desperately in need of restoration. Along with this is the importance of maintaining the natural habitat for species - which includes otters and water voles - in the chalk stream. Christine Fletcher-Jones, chief executive said: "In order for visitors to enjoy the Millpond we would like to build a new viewing board walk interpretation area. This would, for the first time, enable our visitors to see how the Millpond fed into the millrace, dividing as it comes under the Mill as it used to feed two undershot wheels, now long gone."
Walford Mill Crafts has gained planning permission to greatly enhance its facilities.
Mrs Fletcher-Jones added that it was important to provide visitors with information about the heritage of the building, which was once a flour mill.
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Access from the car park for disabled visitors is currently very poor and a new boardwalk would also offer proper disabled access. A new interpretation area would also provide opportunities for educational activities to take place.
Christine added: "There is a disused weir walkway, which is now unsafe and building a new viewing platform to the side of the old concrete structure would provide for the first time a view of this historical feature and of the cleared Millpond. Currently this aspect of the Mill is out of view as visitors enter on the opposite side of the building and do not see the Millpond at all.
"The viewing platform would enable us to showcase traditional craft skills in keeping with the natural environment along its entirety with work by for example, glass artists, blacksmiths, ceramicists and textile artists etc. This would add new heritage value to our project and provide immeasurable landscape improvements."
Readers are invited to send their comments to email@example.com or write to Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, BH21 1NL.