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What is happening?

In total, approx 30 hectares (75 acres) of the farmland next to Upton Country Park is being converted into new public open space for everyone to enjoy.  Fields to the south and south-east of the Park estate are being converted in 4 phases over the next few years.

Phase 1 opened to the public in Spring 2015 [more…]

Phase 2, summer 2016 – 2017

Phase 2 of the improvements is now complete!  On 23rd July we officially opened up 6 hectares (nearly 15 acres) of new meadowland overlooking the wetlands and shoreline of Holes Bay SSSI, and which includes:

Catering for all users new tracks now connect up with the Holes Bay cycle route providing better cycling links to Poole and Hamworthy.

Phase 3 of this project will open up the higher fields.

Project Background

Why is this new open space needed?

Poole is growing and has to accommodate 10,000 new homes between 2006 and 2026. About 3,000 of these have already been built.

We also have a statutory requirement under the 2010 Habitats Regulations and the Planning Acts to conserve habitats and species. As part of the planning process it was identified that a major new Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) could be created to ensure the new homes don’t have an adverse impact on existing internationally important sites i.e. the heaths.

The main purpose of the new public open space is to provide areas for walking, and particularly for dog walkers to be able to let dogs off leads as an alternative to using Upton Heath and other important protected heathland sites where increased use can have an impact on the fragile local habitat and species that live on heathland.

What will happen to the rest of the farm?

We are working closely with the farmer to help retain Upton Park Farm as a working farm, with the tenants living on-site. The Council has supported the farmer in looking for farming practices as an alternative to dairy farming. Some of the options include the retention of livestock and other animals.

Is the Borough of Poole going to build on the land?

No, the land is designated as natural green space.

Who will pay for the work to be done?

As it creates new open space for the whole community to enjoy, the project is entirely funded by Developer Contributions from other building projects in the area.

Who will oversee the work?

The Upton Country Park Team will oversee the project, supported by our Borough of Poole colleagues to ensure the additional open space fits seamlessly into the Park estate.


Upton Country Park is growing!

‘Upton Fields’ extension plans 2016-2017

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Download the plans for Phase 2 'Upton Fields' (500kb, PDF file)

Phase 1 – completed Spring 2015

Panorama of the new area at 11.08.16

Upton is set to become bigger and better as work began this summer to add new walks, harbour views and recreation space to expand the Country Park estate.