Southill Primary School has taken part in a competition, drawing a character from the past who may have visited Radipole Park and Gardens, Weymouth.

Radipole Park and Gardens has an interesting and varied history with evidence of Roman Settlements, stories of Victorian gentry rowing upstream and US army soldiers using the park as a base in the lead up to D-Day.

After learning about the fascinating history of the park, pupils were asked to draw a person from one of these eras.

Three winners were selected across different year groups. Winners of the competition included: Jake, from Year 3, who drew a US army soldier; Alfie, from Year 4, who drew a Roman Legionnaire; and Ho Yin, from Year 5, who drew a scene from WW2. Each pupil received a framed picture of their drawing and a book voucher.

The drawings will be used in the heritage café if Weymouth Town Council, together with the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens, are successful with their Stage 2 lottery bid to secure 1.3 million to restore the park and gardens. The plans also include the installation of new play equipment, splash pads, sports facilities, sensory garden, toilets, upgraded pathways and much more.

Cllr Graham Winter, Weymouth Town Council Mayor, said: “What amazing talent these children have! They have produced a fantastic representation of the park’s diverse heritage.

It’s so important for children to learn about their local history and to be involved in projects which improve their parks and greenspaces. I look forward to hearing how the lottery project develops.”

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