The Friends of Upton Country Park

  • Join this wonderful volunteer group, supporting vital Upton House & Country Park projects.
  • Hosting historic House Tours and the refreshment Kiosk.
  • Learn more about the history of our beautiful 200 year old estate.

The Friends of Upton Country Park have been involved with the estate ever since it opened to the public in 1976. They are an active voluntary group numbering more than 250 members, including 80 volunteers. The group helps with the protection, improvement and promotion of Upton House & Country Park to maximise the enjoyment and education of all visitors.

The Friends is a Registered Charity No 272450. The majority of their funds are raised by Volunteers through:

  • the sale of drinks and ice creams at the Kiosk behind the House
  • by hosting regular Upton House Tours & Open Days, when Volunteers offer guided tours and sell books and souvenirs.

Additional income is collected through Membership fees, donations and sponsorships.

All monies raised by The Friends go towards projects that help improve and maintain Poole’s only Country Park estate. Their achievements over the years are many and varied; most recently they have helped progress the Discovery Project by donating £125,000 towards the Partnership Funding required during the development stage of our £19 million Heritage Lottery Bid.

If you feel you would like to contribute in some way to the remarkable assistance the group provides in the successful running of large Country Park estate, then please consider becoming a Friend yourself, and perhaps joining the team of volunteers:


Individual membership only £6 a year, £12 for families


We are are always looking for help with our work and projects

The Friends of Upton Country Park


The Friends of Upton Country Park
Upton House
Poole Road
Poole BH17 7BJ


Our Committee (trustees)

President: Mike Yeomans
Vice President: Ian Andrews
Vice President: Brian Galpin
Treasurer: John Baggs
Secretary: Kathy Dinmore

Mary Carr
Chris Hall
Maureen Gillingham
Caroline Leppan
Maggie Wood

Membership Secretary (non-trustee)
Brenda Baggs

Contact Us

Recent projects 

2012New signage was installed throughout the park at a cost of £6,600, donated by the Friends.
Significant contributions were made by The Friends towards two major projects - 50,000 towards the Walled Garden improvements, and £23,000 towards the new Woodland Play Trail.
The group bought another new tractor for the Park maintenance team at a cost of £25,000 (the fourth tractor donated to the team since 1980) and upgraded the Plant Centre.
Inside the House the Friends covered the costs of refurbishing the hall toilet, new stair & landing carpets, redecoration of the Study and the first floor and restoration of a cameo frame.
2013During 2013 The Friends worked on a project to restore the Library, new blinds for Upton House and new curtain track for the Study & Drawing Room.
2014New courtyard gates (£5,000) and Walled Garden interpretation boards.
2015Funds were donated for Estate clearance work - a new chipper (£11,000) and a chainsaw was purchased for use by the Operations Team.
2016An All Terrain Vehicle (£11,000) purchased for use in the Park.
2017Vital funds donated to purchase two defibrillator machines for Upton House and the Tea Rooms.
£125,000 contribution to Partnership Funding for the Discovery Project Heritage Lottery bid.

Please click here for the history of The Friends and a comprehensive list of achievements since 1976