Poundbury was designed with green space in mind. There are walking routes linking to the network of footpaths in the surrounding countryside, sports areas, children’s playgrounds and sports pitches. Access to the south leads to the historic Maiden Castle.
- Woodlands Crescent (with Play Area)
- Holmead Walk (with Play Area and Pétanque court)
- Hayward Square
- Pavilion Green
- Two allotment areas
- Community Orchard
The Great Field
This area of some 12 ha (30 acres), provides a wonderfully varied open space for the residents of not only Poundbury, but the whole of Dorchester and wider. Over recent years, a significant planting scheme with more than 400 trees and 15,000 shrubs has been completed. Three distinct wild flower meadows have been established.
In 2022, the children’s play area was opened, providing a wide range of bespoke play equipment built in timber and with a strong sustainability focus. A mixed use games area and outdoor gym equipment are also available. The Pavilion (PiP), in the centre of the Great Field, houses the cafe and headquarters of the Alcohol Educational Trust.
The Great Field is now managed by Dorchester Town Council and hosts a variety of regular events including the weekly Parkruns for adults and juniors each weekend as well as sports training groups and environmental interest societies.
The Great Field play area. Photo by Finnbarr Webster
Aerial view of the Great Field. Photo by Finnbarr Webster
View of Great Field play area. Photo by Finnbarr Webster