The Discovery Project


  • People - welcoming visitors and improving volunteer facilities
  • Heritage - creating opportunities for visitors to appreciate the Estate's diverse history 
  • Landscapes - re-instating historical pathways, re-introducing vistas and features



A £1.9 Million Funding Bid

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. It distributes National Lottery grants of up to £5 million or more, funding projects that sustain and transform the UK’s heritage, backed by the belief that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

Applying for a grant is a two-stage process, which we started in 2017.

Development Stage 2018-2020

In January 2018 the Upton Country Park management team were awarded £185,000 Stage 1 (Development Stage) funding by the Heritage Fund, which allowed us to develop a more detailed Stage 2 application.

The development stage involved us carrying out pilot studies within the local community, public engagement activities, consultation, planning and design work.

The main £1.9 million funding application was made in autumn 2019, and its success announced in January 2020, enabling us to make improvements that celebrate the rich and varied heritage that the Country Park has to offer.

Vital Match Funding

We need to provide match funding of £325,000; match funding is a contribution to the project required by the Heritage Fund grant system.

We received a very generous donation of £125,000 from the Friends of Upton Country Park and a further £170,000 secured through BCP Council. The remaining £30,000 is to be raised through personal donations and corporate sponsorship.

Can you help? We have ways you can donate £25, £100 or more towards our £30,000 target – and ways of saying ‘thankyou’ – you’ll find them here

We plan to replace the toilet block in the main car park with a new Welcome Centre.

We already have Planning Permission for the proposed new Welcome Centre design!

We will re-introduce vistas from the House & grounds to highlight our stunning shoreline location

We plan new heritage-themed installations around the park, highlighting the history of our 200 year old Estate

  Park Patrons

A big thank you to our first Park Patrons, Castlemain Groundworks and Western Design Architects! We are very grateful for their support.

Castlemain Groundworks, Poole - Park Patron
WDA Western Design Architects - Park Patron

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