All in a day's work
Risk assessments, project timelines, research, reports, client briefs, costings and funding, interpretation and engagement... is all part of our work to care for this special place, and that's what we're all about.
In 1986 we became a World Heritage Site and, together with our property business plan, our World Heritage Site management plan forms the guidelines for our conservation work on site.
If you join as a member, have coffee in our restaurant or get your Christmas gifts in our shop, you're supporting our work and helping us look after this beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.
This summer you'll see work has now begun to remove silt from half moon reservoir, you can read more about the half moon reservoir project here.
Current projects: Half moon reservoir
We've been looking into sustainable solutions to keep half moon reservoir clear of silt. We're going to be using new technology to pump the silt out rather than traditional dredging and work has now begun. Find out more here...
Current projects: Cascade bowl
A kind donation has now made it possible to create a new bowl for the cascade to replace the original one that was lost. We'll need to lower the level of the water in the canal so we'll be looking out for any wildlife that needs our help.
Current projects: Bosquet restoration
We've completed the planting of 300 specially grown Yew trees in the water garden and this year we'll be planting the interior of these formal garden features called 'bosquets'. This is part of a 30-year plan to bring the garden back to its 1781 heyday.
Current projects: Views and vistas
We’ve been working in woodland areas to clear shrubs that have grown up and covered some of our best views. We’re also clearing the clifftop walk viewpoints and views from tent hill so you can see what 18th century visitors would have seen.
Current projects: Fountains Hall plantin...
Our research has shown that unlike other formal gardens of its' time, there was a softer side to the planting at Fountains Hall so we're re-introducing plants such as hollyhocks, rosemary, lavender as well as mulberry, medlar and pear trees.
Previous conservation projects
Flood damage to the upper canal wall has been repaired with a new concrete base, complete with rough surfacing to help native crayfish populations.
In summer 2013 we excavated the site of the Bathing House, with a week of live archaeology.
Generous donations and volunteer support made it possible to build the hide. You can find it nestled in the trees near the visitor centre.
We undertook a two-year project to clear a large silt island in the lake which was affecting water quality and flow, causing erosion and spoiling the design of the original garden.
Our work on the 18th century icehouses in the deer park has now come to a close and renovation work means they are now open to visitors.
Future projects: Mallory painting
This mysterious painting is the only image we have of the family who once lived here. We hope to conserve the painting to display to visitors.
Future projects: Chinese garden
Restoring some lost features in the Seven Bridges area of the estate will help us to tell the story of Aislabie's lost Chinese garden.
Future projects: Statue painting
We're currently looking into how the statues used to presented in this historic garden. There's some evidence that they were once painted white...