The Discovery Project
- People - a new welcome centre and facilities for our volunteers
- Heritage - promoting the estate's diverse history and natural heritage
- Landscapes - restoring features & vistas, improving drainage
About the Discovery Project
Through the Discovery Project, subject to a £1.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we plan to restore our historical features, re-instate landscapes that have been lost over time and enhance our grounds.
Visitors will enjoy improved access to the fascinating history of the Estate through interactive displays installed around the site, and at a new welcome centre, where they will also discover what we have available for them to see and do at the Country Park. The grant will additionally allow us to support the local community by offering opportunities for people to develop new skills and knowledge, with better access to training and education, focusing on the natural environment.
The Heritage Lottery funding bid will be made in Autumn 2019.
The Funding Bid
We are delighted to announce that planning permission has now been approved for our proposed new Welcome Centre, which will provide a much-needed first point of contact with our visitors and offer ...read more
** Updated 15th April ** The design proposals and a quick online feedback form can now be found here on the website until the end of April, if you would like to take a look and give us your views ...read more
How to Get Involved
Through the Discovery Project we will restore our historical features, re-instate landscapes that have been lost over time, enhance the grounds, create a new welcome centre and offer better access to training and education, focusing on the natural environment.
Volunteers will play a key role in the development of the Discovery Project and there are a number of ways in which the local community can get involved:
Public support is vital to the project; would you be happy to talk to the public to gather opinions about the Country Park and the planned events & activities?
Work with our appointed interpretation consultants and Poole Museum History Centre to gather valuable information about the history of the Country Park.
We are working towards the Round Two funding application in Autumn 2019. Can you offer some time to assist our project team with the development phase, based at Upton House?
We will be planning community engagement activities to support our plans and raise vital funds for our partnership funding. Is this something you can help with?
Please contact us for details about any of the volunteering opportunities
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