In September 1996 The Friends of Upton Country Park, working in partnership with
the Borough of Poole agreed to build, equip and maintain an ‘Education Centre’ at
Upton Country Park.
This was the beginning of ‘Project Peacock’.
The original plan was to build a new prefabricated wooden building with two classrooms
and a storage area, to be sited at the rear of the Countryside Heritage Centre. The
new Education Centre was to replace a very old wooden prefabricated building, which
was beyond repair (pictured bottom right).
The Education Centre was to be equipped with everything needed to enable the Countryside
Rangers to educate people of all ages and aspects of life about our countryside heritage.
With costs rising each year it was decided, in 2000, to start the project with one
classroom, and to consider a second when there was an identified requirement and
After a number of meetings with English Heritage and Borough of Poole Planning Department,
(due to construction on a site of a Grade II* Listed Building) Project Managers Ellis
Belk Associates Ltd. and our builders J. M. Scully Ltd. started work on the 7th January
2002. Construction was completed on the 29th March 2002.
The new Education Centre at Upton Country Park was officially opened on 19th April
2002 by Annette Brooke, M.P. for Mid Dorset and North Poole Constituency.
The new Education Centre…
… and the structure we replaced
Project Peacock was achieved by working in close partnership with the Borough of
Poole, and with the help of corporate sponsorship from Barclays Bank plc, Merck Ltd.,
Wessex Water and the Talbot Village Trust.