Parks and open spaces | Get out and about this May

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Parks and open spaces 2015

Volunteer with Upton Country Park

Gardening at Upton Country Park

Are you interested in helping keep Upton Country Park looking wonderful all year round? We have volunteering opportunities available for those who would like to get involved with the upkeep and restoration of Upton Country Park, from gardening and conservation to historical research, survey work and event support.

For more information about volunteering at Upton Country Park, including times, meeting locations and specific details, please contact the team on 01202 262753 or email

Find out more about The Discovery Project

Get walking this May

May is National Walking Month and Poole’s open spaces are the perfect place to get involved with an organised or self-led walk.  

The Poole Health Walks Scheme offers a number of free, led walks, which take place every week. All walks are short in length, typically between 1 and 2 miles and take place on firm level ground and are led by trained volunteer Walk Leaders. The walks take in some of Poole's most picturesque locations including Upton Country Park, Poole Park, Canford Heath and Delph Woods.

We also have information and maps for self-led routes through Poole including the Bourne Valley Greenway, Stour Valley Way, Cockle Trail and more. 

Walking in May

Wildflower meadows

This Spring Borough of Poole is once again preparing areas for wildflower meadows. You may notice some bare areas in the verges at the sides of roads – this is where the vegetation has been cleared to provide bare ground for the meadow seeds. Keep watching as the seeds develop into colourful meadows later this year. 

Find out where the meadows are located

Wildflower Meadows in Poole

National Volunteers' Week

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution that volunteers make across the UK. In Poole we have some fantastic volunteers and community groups who make a huge contribution to our open spaces.

There are lots of ways that you can get involved in looking after parks, nature reserves and community gardens. Whether you’re interested in gardening, recording wildlife, picking litter, or something else you’ll find something to interest you on the Enviroteers website.

Find your perfect volunteering role

Volunteer in Poole

Have fun at Upton this May

There is plenty going on at Upton Country Park this month, with the Beacon Association Fun Run taking place on Sunday 13 May, bouncy fun with Get Up & Bounce bouncy castles on throughout May half term and Upton House open days on 27 and 28 May.

See what else is on at Upton Country Park this May

Bouncy Castle Fun at Upton Country Park

Love Harbourside Park (Whitecliff and Baiter)?

Tell us your thoughts and wishes for this treasured and much loved greenspace via the online questionnaire or pick up a paper copy from your local library.

We will be on site on the following dates so do come and chat to us and fill in a questionnaire:

  • Wednesday 9 May 08:00–11:00, park entrance by the Quay
  • Thursday 17 May 16:00–20:00, near Turks Lane
  • Tuesday 29 May 13:00–18:00, near Whitecliff Play Area
  • Saturday 2 June 09:30–11:30, Whitecliff Pavilion

Find out more about the project

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Baiter Park consultation