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This spring we’ve been busy installing the first phase of our new surface and drainage improvements in our car park.

With the winter programme now complete we would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this busy time.

As well as improved access, our visitors will now notice the introduction of donation columns around the car park and within the Walled Garden.  

Please be assured that all donations will go directly towards supporting Upton Country Park and its ongoing maintenance. Your generous donations will help keep Upton Country Park a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.

Car Park improvements - and new donation parking

How much should I donate?

£2 per car is our suggested donation. We have based this suggestion on car parks that operate a similar donation scheme in the local area.

Why should I donate?

All donations go directly towards supporting the Country Park and its ongoing maintenance.

What do I get for my money?

Unlike many other estates and attractions of our size and grandeur, we don't charge an entry fee but pride ourselves on maintaining over 130 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland to explore throughout the year. From the shoreline, woodland and meadows to the more formal gardens we have something for everyone to enjoy.

Why are you introducing donation parking now?

The financial challenges facing local authorities and public open space have been well documented by the media. Recognising the challenges facing Upton Country Park, all monies received will go directly towards supporting the Country Park and its ongoing maintenance.

Will you introduce entry fees?

We currently have no plans to introduce entry fees. Upton Country Park is a public open space and we strive to maintain this facility for future generations.

Why don't you raise money in other ways?

We continually review all aspects of the estate to make improvements and efficiencies. We apply and capitalise on limited funding opportunities when they arise.We also generate revenue through venue hire opportunities, events and activities. Your donation will go directly towards supporting the Country Park and its ongoing maintenance.

I visit the Country Park every day / week. Do I have to pay every time I visit?

We welcome all donations. The donation is not compulsory but we have suggested £2 per car based on car parks that operate a similar donation scheme in the local area. All monies received will go directly towards supporting the Country Park and its ongoing maintenance.

Can I donate an annual amount which will allow unlimited access to the Country Park?

If you wish to discuss larger or more regular donations please don't hesitate to contact the Upton Country Park team at uptoncountrypark@poole.gov.uk.

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