Taking place over the last three years, the project, supported by Dorset Wildlife Trust and funded by National Lottery Community Fund, has included clearing undergrowth, planting wildlife-friendly plants, building seating and paths, installing bug hotels and bird boxes, as well as creating history and wildlife trails.

Our BSO String Ensemble will play in the grounds in the early afternoon, serenading strollers as they visit. Later, at 5pm, they’ll perform a family friendly programme of music as the finale to the afternoon.

The BSO’s history has long been entwined with St. Peter’s Church, Bournemouth, with memorials to the Orchestra’s founder, Sir Dan Godfrey, and former famous Principal Conductor, Constantin Silvestri, both situated in the churchyard, and we’re really pleased to be able to celebrate the opening of the redeveloped space.

As well as music, there’ll be plenty of other activities on offer that afternoon. Volunteers will be storytelling about the work they have done and their connection to the place, and there’ll be guided history and wildlife walks as well as exhibitions and a host of family and wildlife gardening activities.

Come along on Saturday 14 May to see the fantastic work that has been achieved by the team in this historic churchyard, and listen to some beautiful music while you’re there!

N.B: This event takes place in the afternoon of 14 May. Please note that the afternoon is an open day where you can pop along at any time to explore, but the concert at 5pm does require a free ticket for entry. You can book tickets using the Book Now button via this page.