Penny's Walk - Ferndown's major shopping precinct
Ferndown is a town in Dorset, standing just north of the swollen suburbs of Poole (Dorset) and Bournemouth (Hampshire). The parish, which until 1972 was called Hampreston, includes the communities of Hampreston, Longham, Stapehill and Trickett's Cross.
Ferndown is the largest inland town in Dorset in terms of population.
There are large areas of woodland and heathlands around Ferndown including Holt Heath and Slop Bog. This heathland originally covered the entire area and up until the early 1900s covered many areas that are now residential. Also on many of the heaths and in much of the woodland there are many burial mounds and small ponds. However, recently Ferndown Heath, visible from King George V playing field, has been subject to several heath fires.
On the outskirts of the town lie the Ferndown and Uddens Industrial Estates, forming the largest industrial area in the east of the county outside the major towns, and which contain a wide range of both small and large businesses.
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Sport and recreation
The King George's Field named in memorial to King George V is very large area of open space including a children's playground with equipment for children with special needs, six tennis courts, four football pitches, cricket pitch, a bowling green, boules area, croquet practice lawn and a fully equipped skateboard park.
There are two golf clubs, Ferndown Forest Golf Club, which offers a single 18-hole course, and Ferndown Golf Club, which offers two courses: The Old Course also known as the Championship Course, and the nine-hole Presidents Course.
The Ferndown Leisure Centre, situated next to Ferndown Upper School, has two heated pools, a sports hall, a fully equipped Gymnasium, Squash Courts and a rifle range as well as a power house suite.
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