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Our Projects  1976 - 1985

Our expenditure 1976-1985

1985


Pond liner

236

Lagoon clearance

200

Memorial seat

212

Part restoration of the piano

29

Restoration of the frieze

275

Memorial gates and panels

388

Fencing in the grounds

1700

Catering facilities in the House

9572

1984


Marquee

650

Trailer for tractor

144

Picture restoration

510

Concrete urn replacement

1040

4 banqueting tables

192

Garden tables and sleepers

596

Platform steps

132

1983


Pig sties

374

Memorial seat

45

Display equipment

490

Trestle tables

665

Kiosk equipment

135

Camper van

450

Ground floor toilets

2250

Fencing / signs for Greenhouse

550

Trailer for tractor

605

Book spines library

400

1982


Display stand

378

Purchase of tractor

1900

Kiosk repairs / equipment

42

Electrical rewiring

4254

Floor repairs and carpets

713

Redecoration

3434

Chandeliers [details & photos]

3964

Fireplace repairs

275

Mirror replacement

98

1981


Kiosk extension

600

Leaflets

74

Signs

32

Fencing

50

Leaflets

60

1980


Greenhouse materials

191

Purchase of tractor

743

1979


Walled Garden materials & tools

416

1978


Setting-up Kiosk

216

Walled Garden project [project details & photos]

100

1977


Nature Trail publication

56

Total expenditure 1976-1985:

39622

In 1957 the estate was gifted to Poole Corporation in a rather run-down condition and very little improvement was made until the move in 1976 to create a public amenity of it. The initial remit of the Friends group was to have the grounds cleared, paths laid out, and dangerous areas fenced off, making the new Upton Country Park a safe and visitor-friendly destination.

Despite having very few funds at this stage, we also subsidised a major project in the Walled Garden, linking with the Manpower Commission on a Job Creation Scheme. The project took three bricklayers off the unemployment register and employed them for 9 months, and at a total cost of a little over £500 to the Friends, repaired the walls to safeguard the garden’s future. Read more about the project here.

Upton House opened to the public in July 1981, despite being without electricity and heating, and one of our first major achievements was the rewiring of the House in 1982, at a cost of £4,253, along with redecoration work and the purchase of the grand chandelier for the Entrance Hall that same year.

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The first tractor we purchased

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A second tractor for the Park

A trailer

The book spines library

Replacement concrete urns