Out and about in Poole

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Parks and open spaces 2015

Upton Country Park – Upcoming Events

Upton House

Friends of Upton Country Park Open Day
Sunday 31 March
Admission to the House will be free for the sale of books, souvenirs and gifts. There is the opportunity to take a guided tour of the ground floor rooms, with commentary, at a cost of £1.50 per person.
Tours commence at 12.30 and 2.30pm.
All proceeds go towards funding projects in the House & Country Park.

Antiques Fair
Sunday 17 March from 9:30 am to 4 pm
Grandma’s Attic Fairs will be at Upton House. Browse from 40 stalls selling a quality selection of antiques and collector’s items. Entry is £2 per person, with refreshments available.

Hamworthy Park Paddling Pool Refurbishment

Diggers have moved onto the site and work is well underway to refurbish the popular family attraction. Contractors have removed the original paddling pool base, as well as the coping stones, and exposed the pool drainage.

Piling will now commence, expected to continue for two weeks, allowing the installation of 114 bored reinforced concrete piles to support the new foundations.

Read our updates here.

paddling pool

Charity Fun Run and Walk in Poole Park

Unite with others and run, walk, be pushed or wheel yourself around the accessible 1km route in Poole Park on Sunday 28 April for an innovative new event experience organised by local disability charity, Diverse Abilities, named Sensory One.

The charity is excited to be hosting its first Sensory One event; the first of its kind on the South Coast, proudly supported by Castlepoint shopping park.

All ages and abilities are welcome to take part in the event, which aims to engage, support memory and provide a multi-sensory experience using sound, smell, texture and colour.

Event registration is at 11am with participants starting the route from 11.30am. Entry is £10 per adult, £5 per child (under 16) and children under two are free.

Find out more or sign up here.

Charity run

Great Dorset Beach Clean

On the weekend of April 27th and 28th Poole Enviroteers, along with Poole Heathlands, will be carrying out two litter picks on Holes Bay and Ham Common as part of the Great Dorset Beach Clean.

We will be down on site from 8:30am until 11 am on each day with litter picking equipment and a cup of tea or two available!  We are carrying out these events in partnership with Litter Free Coast and Sea who have been running the campaign for many years, and we cannot wait to take part again this year!

beach rubbish

Wildlife Enhancement - Wallisdown Road

As part of the highways improvement scheme along Wallisdown Road to install a new cycleway, some tree clearance was necessary recently. Prior to any work, trees were checked for any bat roosts.

No bats were found at the time, so as part of enhancement in the vicinity and to encourage wildlife in this area, six bat and six bird boxes have been put up in neighbouring trees.

Keep your eyes peeled for some little visitors!

bat box

Poole Park Life Update

The improvements in the lakes and lagoon in Poole Park are approaching the half way point and are progressing well. The new bridge over the sluice channel will be installed this week, with landscaping and railings to follow. The works in the lagoon and freshwater lakes continue at a pace to construct new islands, improve existing features and dramatically improve the landscaping around the lakes.

The Rose Garden has been planted with roses thanks to gardening volunteers.  The Poole Park Life volunteering webpage has been updated with opportunities that are available in Poole Park; not only gardening, but also helping in the information kiosk and supporting events. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch

Read our blog on the project website and keep an eye out for your chance to get involved at an open day to be published soon!


Poole Enviroteers – Volunteer Opportunity of the Month – Whitecliff Harbourside Park Volunteers

This month’s volunteer opportunity is with Whitecliff Harbourside Park Volunteers. This group has continued to undertake amazing work down at Whitecliff Park, carrying out monthly litter picks amongst other work and working tirelessly to keep the area looking clean and fresh.

This month, after a mild winter, the group returns for litter picking on Saturday 30 March. Volunteers also get involved with gardening tasks.

Can you spare some time? Meet them at the Pavilion at 9:30 am.