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Exciting new parkland opens at Upton Country Park

A new area of public parkland for visitors to Upton Country Park in Poole will be officially opened on Saturday 14 March 2015.

The 12 hectare park extension provides a new public open space for walking and  includes meadows, woodland, beautiful views and a stream which can be crossed via bridges or stepping stones.

Members of the public are invited to join in the celebrations by helping to plant 200 native bluebell and daffodil bulbs ready to flower for the 200th anniversary of Upton House in 2016.

The new parkland is a designated Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG). As well as providing public open space for walking, dog walkers will be able to let dogs off lead as an alternative to using Upton Heath SSSI and other important protected heathland sites where increased use can have an impact on the fragile local habitat and species that live there.

An enclosed dog training area will be created over the next couple of months in time for the summer. A new 24 space car park with access off Poole Road (opposite Pony Drive) will be built in April and May.

The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Peter Adams, said: “The new parkland has a wonderful network of paths to explore new aspects of the country park and for all the family to enjoy the great outdoors. It’s definitely worth a visit!”

The expansion work has been funded by £350,000 developer contributions from local building projects which have been set a side for heathland mitigation.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Open Spaces, Borough of Poole, said: "Poole is growing and has to provide 10,000 new homes by 2026, which also increases our need for recreational space. This new parkland offers an attractive open space for everyone and an alternative to using local protected heathland which is home to some of the rarest wildlife in the country."

Everyone is welcome to join the celebrations, which include the bulb-planting and a Dorset Dogs Pit-stop, from 10am to 12 noon.
The park is open daily from 8am to 6pm. For more information and events see www.uptoncountrypark.com.