The award-winning Upton Country Park has received a grant from the Coastal Revival Fund to complete phase one of a project to revive the historic gardens surrounding the 200-year old Grade II* listed Upton House.
The Upton House Pleasure Garden Project builds on the Country Parks’ vision to restore historical features and reinstate lost landscapes to preserve the character and setting of its heritage status. The £7,000 grant will see the appointment of an Historic Landscape Architect to research, consult and produce a sustainable planting and landscaping plan. This plan will enhance the Pleasure Gardens as part of a phased restoration project by delivering the planting plan to celebrate both the history of the estate and promote it for future generations.
Set within 106 hectares, Upton Country Park welcomes over 685,000 visitors annually and is one of the premier attractions in Dorset. Widely recognised by visitors as being a valued feature of the estate, the Pleasure Gardens project builds upon the Borough of Poole’s vision to make the Country Park ‘a place where individuals, friends, family and businesses can enjoy, relax and learn’. The revival of the Pleasure Gardens builds upon the notion of the Park as a diverse, vibrant coastal heritage attraction.
Councillor John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment, Borough of Poole commented:
“We are delighted to receive this grant from the Coastal Revival Fund. The appointment of an Historic Landscape Architect is vitally important in delivering a sustainable plan for the Pleasure Gardens that will not only enhance the estate for the future but will also provide a deep connection with the past. The design work this provides will help us express the true heritage of the area and may help attract future heritage funding. The core team of staff alongside dedicated volunteers all help to shape Upton Country Park into the wonderful space that it is, keeping the history of this significant estate alive for all visitors to enjoy.”
Once complete, the plan will inform and steer future management and interpretation of the gardens and compliments the Round 2 Parks for People Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application which will be submitted later in the year. Further details about the exciting HLF Discovery Project are available here.