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Borough Gardens to Join Virtual Dorchester

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Molly Rennie Borough Gardens
Molly Rennie Borough Gardens

Our Virtual Dorchester is proving such a success that the Town Council has agreed to look into featuring Borough Gardens (the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the county town).

Hopefully, you will soon be able to take a virtual tour of Borough Garndens in all its glory.

Virtual Dorchester has proved a success in the town, with dozens of businesses signing up to be included on the virtual tour and the website receiving thousands of hits since going live in January.

Virtual Borough Gardens

Town Councillor Molly Rennie suggested that the council investigate putting a tour of the gardens on the website at a meeting of the management committee.

She said:

“The Borough Gardens are our jewel in the crown and if anything is going to get people into Dorchester it’s seeing the gardens.

“I think it would be a really good idea to have a virtual tour of the Borough Gardens on the website.”

Committee members agreed investigate the possibility, with chairman Andy Canning suggesting they arrange for a tour of the gardens to be filmed when they are in full bloom.

Mayor of Dorchester Susie Hosford also suggested putting a tour of the Corn Exchange on the site.

The  project was launched by the DBID, which enlisted the services of photography and marketing company Estate Vue to create the site.

Our very own Project director, Phil Gordon confirmed that there are now more than 30 businesses signed up to the site. Because of its popularity the BID is also considering extending the subsidising scheme that allows businesses to sign up at a reduced rate.

Phil said:

“More and more people are joining every month – I’m delighted with the take up on it.”

Virtual Dorchester could be a valuable tool for tourist attractions in the town as well as businesses and the more that are featured on the site, the more people will be enticed to visit the town.

He went on to say:

“There is scope for tourist attractions and we would be delighted if the town council wanted to join in and put the Borough Gardens on there – it makes perfect sense.”

Original story and photo: Dorset Echo

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