Venue’s lake repairs move to next stage

Repairing the lake has revealed the original water lily beds.
Repairing the lake has revealed the original water lily beds.

Last week saw the completion in the first stage of the task to repair the edges of the Upper Lake at Burnby Hall Gardens.

The repair work is part of the three-year Golden Jubilee Restoration Project at the gardens which is funded by National Lottery Players.

Work commenced in November to repair the upper most section of the lake which has now been completed with only two weeks delay.

This delay is due to Britain experiencing the coldest winter in seven years.

Attention has now turned to the section at the bottom of the Lower Lake.

The repairing of the lake is scheduled to be completed in time for the Tulip Festival.

The Upper Lake at Burnby Hall Gardens was first constructed in 1904 by the local Pocklington firm Allison’s.

The Upper Lake is similar in design to a lido and was built by hand using ropes, pullies and horses. As the lake is now more than 100 years old the edges have started to deteriorate with large cracks and holes becoming visible.

Draining the lake as part of the lake repair has exposed the original concrete base of the lake offering a unique insight for visitors.

These repairs are essential for ensuring the National Water Lily Collection is safeguarded, and the beautiful aesthetic appeal of the lake is maintained for future generations.

The water lily beds which were later built in 1935 can also be seen. During each draining phase the fish will be moved from section to section and cuttings of the water lilies have been placed into propagation tanks which will act as a nursery for them over the development phase.

Burnby Hall Gardens is offering free entry to give visitors the opportunity to see these project developments, although donations towards the upkeep of the gardens are always welcome.

You can also keep up to date and find out more about developments on the next Behind the Scene Tour on Wednesday 28 February at 10.30am.

The tour will last approximately one hour and to book a place please contact the visitor centre on 01759 307125.