Ferndown is the fifth largest town in Dorset, with a population nearly 20,000, incorporating the communities of Hampreston, Longham, Stapehill and Tricketts Cross. Ferndown is situated in East Dorset adjoining the boundaries of the larger towns of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch and is surrounded by open countryside and woodlands; close to the New Forest, and the market towns of Ringwood and Wimborne. It has a lively and thriving town centre, which is airy, clean and convenient for residents and visitors. The largest Industrial Estate in East Dorset is situated just a mile from the town centre and is an expanding resource serving the community. Up until 1972 the parish council was Hampreston, but Ferndown, formerly a small village nearby, began to grow and under the local government re-organisation of 1972 a major change took place to re-name the parish Ferndown and it became a Town Council at the same time.
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