Our vision for Fishpool Valley

An artist's impression of Fishpool Valley, post-restoration

The Fishpool Valley Restoration Project aims to restore and revive the originally 'Picturesque' eighteenth-century landscape, which has sadly become obscured. Here we can discover how the landscape could look, with the help of artist's visuals.

In line with the Project Management Plan, we have commissioned a series of computer animated LiDAR surveys of the valley, which clearly show the underlying contours of the designed landscape beneath the tree canopy. It also indicates several built structures, such as the gothic pumphouse, limekiln and grotto. Some of these 'Picturesque' structures are now covered in vegetation and falling into disrepair, which again highlights the importance of the project.

The following visuals of Fishpool Valley were created by an artist, based on the LiDAR surveys, archaeological reports and photographs. These images are really inspiring, as they reveal what Fishpool Valley used to look like, and indeed, what it could look like in approximately five years time.

A view of Fishpool Valley as it looks today
A view of Fishpool Valley as it looks today, at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

The image above shows an area of Fishpool Valley as it looks today; as you can see, the view has been completely obscured by tree growth. The visual below highlights how dramatic the vista should be from this spot, and what this area may look like, post-restoration.

An artist's impression of how the valley could look post-restoration. The 'Picturesque' view has been revealed; the perfect spot for contemplation.
An artist's impression of Fishpool Valley, post-restoration

The following two images reveal how the area surrounding the gothic pumphouse will be revived over the coming years. As you can see, the pumphouse itself will also be enhanced and restored.

A view of the pumphouse as it looks today
A view of the pumphouse in Fishpool Valley, at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
An artist's vision of the pumphouse after restoration work.
An artist's vision of the pumphouse in Fishpool Valley at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

The two images below show the area of Fishpool Valley where the grotto is located. Clearance work and the restoring of dams and pools will enhance this area dramatically.

A view of Fishpool Valley today, with the grotto on the right.
A view of Fishpool Valley today, with the grotto on the right, at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
With dams, spillways and the grotto restored and areas of invasive tree and shrub growth cleared, you can see how idyllic this area will be post-revival.
An artist's view of the restored landscape in Fishpool Valley at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

The following two images highlight how breathtaking the sweeping vistas should be across the valley. The first image reveals the level of tree growth around the carriage-ways and how this has obscured the view and the underlying designed landscape.

One of the carriage-ways as it looks today.
One of the carriage-ways in Fishpool Valley as it looks today, at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
An artist's impression of the same carriage-way, but with a dramatically enhanced view across the valley.
An artist's impression of a carriage-way in Fishpool Valley, but with a dramatically enhanced view across the valley.

These images are really inspiring, as they create a vision for the valley and allow us to step forward in time to see the landscape as it might look in five years. The improved carriage-ways, dramatic views, restored structures and working dams and pools create an idyllic, seemingly natural, scene, which will bring to life the 'Picturesque' experience.

Our ranger and his team of volunteers have begun to clear tough undergrowth and young trees in order to reveal the designed landscape in the valley. We will continue to rely on funds raised by our supporters, including donations, to see this project through to fruition.