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www.boroughofpoole.comPoole Beaches

The Poole replenishment programme included beaches between Shore Road and Branksome Dene Chine, using two dredgers - the Ham 311 & Waterway. 

The sinkerline first came ashore just east of Branksome Chine at 17:30 on Thursday, 15th December 2005.  It was moved to Canford Cliffs Chine on 7th January and the final dredger load of sand was pumped to Shore Road at 19:30 on Monday, 16th January.

Poole statistics

loads

m3

metric tonnes 1

tons 

Total pumped ashore

226

590,364

885,546

871,560

Average per day (32 days)

7

18,449

27,673

27,236

Measured on the beach by independent survey

-

434,950

652,425

642,120

Poole beaches were due to receive approx 450,000m3of new sand; the 590,364m3 recorded as pumped ashore allows for various factors [more].  A daily independent survey measures amounts retained on the beach.

Another statistic - the eventual length of the pipeline leading from the dredger to Shore Road was 2306m.

The finishing touches

  • When the beach at Poole had settled down we understood how long to extend the Branksome stream outfall where it discharges at Branksome Chine beach.  A special license for the work was granted by Defra and an extra 48m of pipe was laid in June 2006 [more]

  • For safety reasons we also 'topped' the groynes where they protruded above the sand.  They were cut down to approximately 6-9" below sand level and work was completed in June.

The beach crew

Further information

Poole_Beach_Map_sm.jpg (88080 bytes)

Click on thumbnail for enlarged map of Poole's beaches

A final note: whilst inspecting beach material we kept a keen eye out for items of historic significance that may have been dredged from the harbour and approaches, and we found...

 

 

 

1 The Crown Estate apply a factor of 1.5 to convert cubic metres of sand to metric tonnes (more) and 1 metric tonne = 0.984206528 long (British) ton.

 

   

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