I received a tremendous amount of goodwill, cooperation and assistance from a number of people and organisations that enabled me to establish the UCP. I would like to thank them all and make particular mention of:
- It is no mean feat to obtain permission from Her Majesty the Queen, through Her Commissioners, to place artefacts on Her seabed. It took 3 long years of obtaining the necessary Permits, Leases, Tidal Works Licences and various permissions from The Crown, the Land Registry, the Marine Management Organisation and Portland Harbour Authority. My PA, Julia Harrison, had the tenacity (which I have) and the charm (which I don’t) to see it through successfully before I was able to place the first artefact.
- Bill Reeves (CEO of Portland harbour Authority) and Captain Mike Shipley (Portland Harbour Master) for their cooperation and goodwill in helping me obtain the necessary permissions, and also for loaning the Admiralty anchors.
- Ned Wiltshire of Quest Marine who carefully placed the artefacts on the seabed free of charge and who provided much valued advice and guidance.
- Neil Fuller of Portland Stone for various bits and pieces, including several Portland stone benches at cost.
- My dive buddies: Bos Lawson and Tim Claridge for helping with the final positioning and laying out of the Park
- Pat Carling of Carling Boat Charters for his assistance in laying the first artefact.
- Haddonstones of Northampton who supplied many of the artefacts at a reasonable discount.
- My dive buddies: Bos Lawson and Tim Claridge for helping with the final positioning and laying out of the Park.