The Park has a network of hard-surfaced wheelchair friendly footpaths. There are several kissing gates throughout the estate; each is accessible with a RADAR key. Accessible toilets are located in the car park and by the Tea Rooms (RADAR key).
The Education Centre is accessed via a wheelchair friendly ramp. Access to Upton House ground floor includes entrance/exit ramps and toilet facilities.
Here at Upton Country Park we’re always very mindful of the environment and make sure we’re as energy efficient and sustainable as possible.
Here are some examples of how we’ve been working hard to achieve this:
Reducing our carbon footprint
Upton House now has motion activated lights as well as energy saving LED ceiling lights and chandelier bulbs.
Solar panels were installed at our bus shelter – this now fully powers the lighting.
The main toilets now have adjusted water cistern valves to reduce water consumption.
We collect & reuse water from the splash fountain to water the lawn and flowers in the Walled Garden.
We monitored our Water Meters monthly to help identify any unusual consumption reading.
Reducing & Recycling
The Country Park provides dual waste recycling bins – this has now been rolled out to our works area as well.
We have a centralised collection service for large metals waste items.
The Christmas Tree recycling facility for the Borough is hosted within the Country Park
We compost our green waste around the estate.
In the Tea Rooms:
packaging is minimised whenever possible – e.g. sauce & sugar is in jars rather than sachets; ice cream cones rather than package cones.
biodegradable packaging is used for sandwiches, takeaway drinks, etc.
all used cooking oil is collected and re-processed.
We actively encourage, support and promote health and wellbeing for people and nature alike
The Plant Centre and estate grounds operate peat-free.
Our woodchips on paths, shrub and bedding areas are all recycled.
Our Grounds Maintenance Contract ensures pesticide use is restricted to hard standings only. Pesticides are not used to eradicate weeds in any shrub or bedding areas unless by exception (e.g. management of invasive species like Rhododendron ponticum).
Our woodland and hedgerows are managed in a way that provide materials for screens, fencing & added value activities.
All office paper used is either recycled or is FSC paper from sustainably managed forests, with environmentally friendly inks where possible.
The chainsaws used in the Woodlands use vegetable oil rather than synthetic or fossil fuel oils.
In addition all our marketing materials promote cycling, walking, bus and train links which hopefully encourages our visitors to think twice before they jump in the car on a lovely sunny day.