February Half Term activities, awards news & more

12 February, 2021

February Half Term – daily challenges!

Are you ready to take on the Upton Country Park Challenge? Every day from 13th – 21st February we will be setting you challenges via our Facebook and Instagram feeds to get you outdoors, observing the world around you and having a go at new things.

Take a break from home-schooling, get involved and share your challenge attempts with us @uptoncountrypark using #UCPChallenge (P.S. Not just for kids!)

Dorset Tourism Awards 2020

These awards are a wonderful morale boost after a challenging few months.

The park team are delighted to have been awarded Silver in two categories at the prestigious Dorset Tourism Awards: Business Events & Wedding Venue of the Year and Dog Friendly Business of the Year. We were also commended in the Café & Tearoom of the Year category.

The results were announced at the virtual awards ceremony on 4th February, and highlights the work that has been put into developing Upton Country Park for the benefit of the local community; we are thrilled this has been recognised by the judges.

Gaining Sight of our Lost Landscapes

This winter we have started reinstating our long-lost landscapes, with work starting on recreating the long vistas from Upton House down to the Holes Bay Shoreline.

Our amazing Operations Team and Volunteers have started the gradual clearance of the invasive Poplar that has been crowding our Veteran Oak trees along the Shoreline woods. This will ensure the health of these 400-year-old trees for centuries to come and restore our historical landscape. Work is being done gradually over the winter months to limit the impact on birds and other wildlife, for which a new woodland of over 7000 trees has been planted in our new ‘SANG’ green spaces.

Clearing invasive Poplar in the shoreline woods

Elsewhere in the Country Park

The Lewellin dog kennels to be refurbished

Other Discovery Project works will soon begin on restoring the listed Llewellin dog kennels by Spurriers play park, and at our brick stable yard next to the Walled Garden.

The stable yard bricks will be lifted allowing repairs to be made to the drainage beneath, then carefully re-laid, returning it to its former glory; the boundary wall will be rebuilt and a new wildflower bed planted behind it.

Refurbishment of the old working dog kennels will restore and preserve an historically important feature of the estate’s grounds. Recycling materials from the Fowl Shed, the project will raise and repair the roof to provide a more usable space in the future.

For more information about the works taking place in the Country Park and some Frequently Asked Questions please visit our Discovery Project What’s Happening pages.

Upton Memories

We are working with Bournemouth University to collect as many memories of Upton Country Park as we can from our local community; a project that will culminate in a Summer Exhibition.

If you would like to help us gather memories – or if you, or anyone you know, has memories of Upton Country Park, how you have used it, how it has changed, and how it has been loved – then we want to hear from you. Ask your grandparents for their stories too!

Get involved by contacting us at uptoncountrypark@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Families Forum virtual meeting – join us on 21st March!


Do you have ideas for family and children’s activities that you’d like to enjoy here at Upton Country Park?

We’re looking for inspired and enthusiastic Park users to join our Families Forum – a virtual Teams meeting that will be held online on Sunday, 21st March at 10.30am.

Have your say, get a sneak preview of the new Welcome Centre designs, and hear about our own ideas for our Country Park community.

Interested? Simply use the RSVP button at the events page, or email uptoncountrypark@bcpcouncil.gov.uk and put ‘Families Forum’ in the subject line!

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