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Community Action project with Wimborne Model Town

Community Action project with Wimborne Model Town


Sixth Formers from Canford have been working with a local community visitor attraction to develop its ongoing sustainability project.

Wimborne Model Town opened in 1951 and is a 1/10th scale model of the town in the 1950s including over 100 vintage shop fronts, together with an 00 gauge nostalgic model railway and a dolls’ house collection of miniature illuminated furnished homes.  Over the years it has been carefully maintained and developed by volunteers to include beautiful gardens, a café area and education sessions for Foundation and Key Stage 1 school children. 

The model includes a replica of the River Allen running through Wimborne.  Canfordians have been involved in a project to help clean up and maintain the river, involving an automated sustainability programme and storage for rainwater to use on the model rather than mains tap water.  This has involved designing a water wheel to measure the flow rate of water to the sump, and a visitor display to show the different water levels in different parts of the system. 

David Allen, Director of Community Action at Canford, is delighted with the project outcomes so far:

“Our work with the Wimborne Model Town has given our pupils the opportunity to get involved in an important local community project and to make a difference which will have a lasting impact.  I hope that we can continue to build on this next year to further develop the ideas for the display and thank everyone involved at the Town for their help and support.”

Penri Jones, the volunteer leading the sustainability project, has welcomed the extra help from Canford pupils:

“The sustainability project has been an important new element in our development of the Wimborne Model Town and I have been impressed with the pupils’ approach.  They have been a pleasure to work with on a Monday afternoon and while time has been limited each week, they have made an excellent start which I am looking forward to building on next year.”

For more information about Wimborne Model Town, please visit