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Poole - Recreational Parks & Gardens

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With 10 acres of spectacular gardens Compton Acres is the largest privately owned garden in the South. From the formal Italian gardens and woodland walks to a beautifully recreated Japanese garden.  Visitors can relax in the restaurant or pick up treats and gifts in the deli and shop.

Upton Country Park is an early 19th Century residence built for a wealthy merchant.  Set in beautiful grounds, the formal garden, woodland and parkland includes a rustic play trail with plenty of opportunities to see rare bird species on the SSSI protected wetland habitat.  After a walk, enjoy a treat at the tea rooms and art gallery looking out over the walled garden or play in the water feature May-September.

Poole is one of the best places in the UK to spot birds and the perfect location to explore nature.  On and off the water, take one of the many RSPB guided Bird Boats and walks designed for novices and experts and learn more about this world class habitat.  Autumn and winter are a particularly good time to see the UK’s biggest flock of Avocets with over 40,000 birds in and around the harbour.