Upgrading The Groyne Protection!
The South Coast's beaches are under constant threat of erosion which is neither good for the tourist industry nor for the coastal defences that the beaches naturally provide. The age-old solution has been to construct wooden or metal groynes, effectively sand traps, at regular intervals along ther beachfront. These old-fashioned groynes however create very artificial barriers and are both unsightly and can creat dangerous undertows in their immediate vicinities.
Here in Poole the modern groynes are now being constructed of coarse boulders using the local Portland stone which fit more naturally into the environment and in the longer term are intended to weather and provide natural habitats for foreshore flora and fauna.
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We got to Poole by coach from Victoria Coach Station. The tickets were booked via the internet. We had an overnight stay there with an aunt who has been living there for many years and likes living there.
Although it wasn't cold when we got to Poole it was certainly overcast and not too many people were around. There were a few in one of the restaurants just off the beach. but not many on the beach. The family on the beach here, put up a wind breaker.
We walked from the city centre to the beach through a forest, which was very nice, but I wouldn't walk that way alone. On our way we just saw somebody walking their dog.
The centre was small but very nice. I looked in a crafts shop for an angel and came out with a fairy!!! Lots of shops but didn't see any stores.
Poole is part of a 7 mile seafront and there is lots to do. We just saw a small part of it.
Here you see me standing in front of colorful chalets. They can be hired for the day. I looked in one of them where a women was sitting on a deckchair inside reading a newspaper and the door was open; it was just a small room with deckchairs. The chalet to the far left.