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 of waterlogged grounds 

A £1.9 million Heritage Lottery Bid

In 2018 we successfully bid for £185,000 National Lottery funding, which provides us with the funding needed to develop proposals for the Discovery Project, and taking us towards a Round Two funding application for around £1.9 million in Autumn 2019. If successful the funding will enable us to celebrate the rich and varied heritage that the Country Park has to offer by creating an accessible and sustainable heritage attraction for the local community to relax, enjoy and learn in.

Here you can find out about the project, our progress and how you can get involved!

The Project

Our Heritage

Our Visitor Survey

Your views on the Country Park are very welcome and will play an important part of both the HLF bid and the project

Latest News

Thank you!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who took part in a Discovery Week activities 20th-24th August, and those that completed one of our surveys. We hope you enjoyed taking part ...

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Join Us for our Discovery Week

Monday 20th to Friday 24th August, 10am - 3pm daily in the Walled Garden! We will have activities for the family to enjoy and the opportunity to discover what the project is about and how you ...

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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:

Volunteering Opportunities

Public Surveys

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?

Historical Research

Work with our appointed interpretation consultants and Poole Museum History Centre to gather valuable information about the history of the Country Park.

Project Support

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 above

Please email us at or use our contact form, and we will get back to you. Thank you.


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