Wareham Town Trust

What is Wareham Town Trust?

The Trust is a voluntary group of individuals who care about their town and want to see Wareham and its surroundings conserved and enhanced. The Trust has some 200 members and has an active committee.

  • Do you care about Wareham and its surroundings?
  • Do you want Wareham’s character conserved and enhanced?
  • Do you want Wareham to be vital and viable and provide the services you need?



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What are its aims?
Originally formed in 1987 to seize the opportunities presented by the completion of the bypass to make the town more attractive to everyone, the Trust believes that building on the town’s assets as a historic market town will secure its future prosperity.
The Trust holds 2 or 3 meetings a year on topical issues or on the history of the town. Raising awareness of current proposals affecting the town is a particular aim. For example the Trust held a meeting for members to meet with developers when a major development was proposed at Worgret. The Trust also joined with others to hold a town meeting regarding the proposed Town Enhancements Scheme. 
Planning applicationsThe Trust keeps an eye on current planning proposals, policies and other issues affecting the town. It also meets regularly with representatives of the Town, District and County Councils and the Chamber of Trade regarding current issues. Click here for more information.

Historic buildings The Trust was actively involved in securing the establishment of a Heritage and Information Centre in Trinity Church when this became vacant to ensure continued public access to this historic building. 
 Wareham in Bloom
The Town Trust helped to set up Wareham in Bloom and provides hanging baskets on Wareham Library each summer. One of the first Town Trust projects was to plant trees on the northern approaches to Wareham

Wareham Saturday Market
The Trust helped to start this market some years ago, is represented on the Steering Committee and supported its recent relocation to The Quay.
Community involvement
The Trust keenly supports community involvement in local initiatives such as the project to improve Hauses Field for the benefit of all users.
Heritage Open Days
Every year during September the Trust helps organise Heritage Open Days, opening buildings of historic and architectural interest to the public.
 Wareham Community Plan
This was developed following extensive consultation. The Trust is represented on Wareham Community Partnership and will be assisting in a number of the projects included in the plan.
Wareham Town Walls
The Trust has helped with projects to protect, enhance and raise awareness about Wareham’s historic monument, the town’s Saxon Walls.
The Trust has supported the extension of the existing town centre supermarket and retention of Wareham’s independent shops. It has resisted an out of town supermarket which it feels would affect the vitality and viability of the town centre.
If you would like to be part of an active community and help out, please join our membership.