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Upton Country Park celebrates new shoreline parkland

6 hectares of additional parkland at Upton Country Park is to be officially opened on Wednesday 19 July.

Located along the shoreline of Holes Bay the new public open space offers stunning views and provides a unique new parkland for residents, visitors and wildlife to enjoy. New pathways have been designed on higher ground to safeguard against predicted future flooding and lessen intrusion on the wetlands which provide shelter, habitat and food for internationally protected wading birds. It also includes meadows, wildlife watching areas, a place for families to access and enjoy the water and improved cycle links to Poole and Hamworthy.

The new parkland has been designated as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and provides a wonderful alternative to using Upton Heath, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  Increased footfall at Upton Heath and other important protected heathland sites can have an impact on the fragile local habitat and species that live there.

The expansion work has been funded by £250,000 of developer contributions from local building projects which have been set a side for heathland mitigation.

To celebrate the opening, Bournemouth and Poole College students undertaking apprenticeships at Cobham plc, have designed & created an outdoor ‘picture frame.’ This frame beautifully captures the natural landscape and the views over Poole Harbour.

Gerry Bishop, from Cobham Plc said “Our Apprentices got involved in the project and were immediately aware of just how important the project was for the local environment, wildlife and also the local community and keen to make a positive impact.”

Shane Munford, from Bournemouth and Poole College commented, “It is a real pleasure to see the Cobham apprentices develop in the first year of their apprenticeship programme, a key part of this development is the enrichment aspect, when the students are taking ownership of a project to enhance a range of skills from business planning through to the manufacture of an idea.”

Councillor John Rampton, Environmental Services Portfolio Holder, Borough of Poole, says “I would like to thank all the apprentices for their hard work, dedication, and wonderful ideas, and for creating such a wonderful feature for Upton Country Park.”

The unveiling of the picture frame and opening of the expanded parkland will take place on 19 July 2017, as part of Love Parks Week.

To see how the picture frame was created, visit https://goo.gl/photos/Z8CwEXB32gv6Wx5D9

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