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 

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 Funding 2018-19

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.

This work is now largely completed and we are moving towards Stage 2 – the main funding application for around £1.9 million in autumn 2019. If successful the funding will enable us to make improvements that 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.

Vital Match Funding now required!

Before we can make the Stage 2 submission this autumn we need to have match funding of £325,000 in place; match funding is a contribution to the project required by the Heritage Fund grant system.

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

Can you help? We have 4 ways you can donate towards our £30,000 target. 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

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