Children’s visions of the future

Marshwood future

A hotel, a fun park, a museum, campsite and bigger shop were among ideas by children from Marshwood primary school about what the village needs for the future.

Pupils of all ages took part in the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) consultation and added their thoughts to the process. They produced a series of maps showing the village now and as they would like it to be in the future. Farming and tourism played a prominent part in their planning. Several suggested rebuilding Coney’s Castle as a tourist attraction. The top request was a swimming pool, while the most unusual was a dinosaur laboratory.

Traffic in the village was another concern and many said they wanted a safe pathway to walk to school.

The children enjoyed thinking about the future and the map work was stunning,’ said Luke Owen, head teacher at Marshwood School. ‘Projects like this bring a real context to the children’s learning.’

The maps were presented to Charles Somers, chairman of the NP steering committee. ‘It’s great to have young people involved in the NP and really thinking about what their village needs,’ said Charles. All the children’s maps have been uploaded to the new NP website and can be viewed here.