Between 2016 and 2019, thanks to National Lottery Players, the Upper Lake was fully restored as part of our Golden Jubilee Restoration Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This work began with the de-silting of the Lake and the removal of 20 years of residue. The lake was then drained and its concrete edges, which were very badly cracked, were repaired and, once complete, the waterlilies were re-planted with new plants added to enhance the existing Collection.
Unfortunately, owing to circumstances beyond our control, some of the re-planting proved unsuccessful. This was followed by a delay caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020 which meant that it was impossible to complete further restorative work until the spring of 2021 when 500 new plants were planted in the Upper Lake to restore the Collection.
There will be further planting in the spring of 2022 to further enhance the waterlilies planted this year.
The next few years will see our National Collection once again returned to its former glory and, in the meantime, we thank customers for their understanding in respect of the waterlilies as they develop on the Upper Lake.