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.
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: 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.
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: Ice houses
This year our work on the 18th century icehouses in the deer park will come to a close. We've discovered a great deal about the construction of the icehouses and renovation work will see them open for visitors later this year.
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.
Future projects: Half moon reservoir
We're looking into sustainable solutions to keep half moon reservoir clear of silt, including some new technology to pump rather than dredge the silt out.
Future projects: Banqueting House
Repairs to the Banqueting House ceiling are planned for this spring.
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: Swanley Grange
We've got exciting plans to create a new interpretation centre in Swanley Grange.