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Ferndown is a town and civil parish in Dorset in southern England, immediately to the north of Bournemouth and Poole. The parish, which until 1972 was called Hampreston, includes the communities of Hampreston, Longham, Stapehill and Trickett’s Cross. At the 2011 Census, the population of the parish was 26,559 making Ferndown the second largest inland town in Dorset in terms of population, after Dorchester. The district has a relatively large elderly population approximately 38%.
Transport
Ferndown lies adjacent to the A31 trunk road between Wimborne and Ringwood. To the east, the A31 connects to the M27 and M3 via the outskirts of Southampton to Winchester, and thence to Basingstoke and London or via the A34 to the M4 north of Newbury. To the west, the A31 links to the A35 to East Dorset and Devon. The nearest railway station is Branksome, 6.8 miles (10.9 km) away.
Ferndown is also only 4 miles (6.4 km) from Bournemouth International Airport at Hurn. scheduled services to destinations include the UK and Europe.
Industry
On the outskirts of the town lie the Ferndown and Uddens Industrial Estates, forming the largest industrial area in East Dorset containing a wide range of both small and large businesses. Ferndown Industrial Estate, Uddens Trading Estate and East Dorset Trade Park cover an area of approximately 61.h hectares. Many household names and major employers are present there. A diverse range of industries are also represented covering business services, manufacturing, retail and many more.