We are now entering the last few weeks of a 3 year £635k Golden Jubilee Restoration Project in the Gardens which has seen the Upper Lake desilted and its edges repaired, our National Collection of Water Lilies restored and replanted, the Rock Garden cleared and replanted, the Edwardian Potting Sheds renovated, a new Learning Zone created, and a Birch walk created thanks to an award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
However, the discovery of further cracks in the lake edges caused an unexpected extension to the repair period, which delayed the re-planting of our water lilies by eight weeks during the spring of 2018. This has meant that our new plants were unable to root properly and consequently this year’s Water Lilies will not be in full bloom on our Upper Lake as anticipated.
Unfortunately, these are circumstances beyond our control, but we want to assure our visitors that we are working to resolve the situation and larger plants will be introduced in the spring of 2020 to replace those which have not developed.
Water Lilies on the Lower Lake remain unaffected and the addition of the newly restored Rock Garden and newly created Birch Walk will, we hope, provide some additional summer colour.
Paul Lee – Chairman of the Stewarts Trust