Conservation projects at Fountains Abbey
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.
All in a day's work
A new coat of limewash for the Temple of Piety
The limewash on the exterior of the Temple of Piety needs refreshing this year. One of the garden statues, ‘Hercules and Antaeus’ will also be getting a new coat of limewash to restore it to its marble-effect white colour.
We’re repairing the dam crest where it has weakened in parts. The work will take about a month and during this time the level of the lake needs to be lowered.
Landscape work at Tent Hill
We’re restoring the view of the lost folly at Tent Hill and getting the land on top ready for a new lawn and the return of the lost folly in a few years time. Tent Hill will be playing host to an exciting new artwork next year as part of our folly! art programme in the water garden.
Conservation work in the east valley woodland
This autumn we’ll be thinning out the woodland around the Temple of Piety, removing any trees that are damaged or at risk of causing damage to the temple, before carrying out a programme of replanting.
Flood management at half moon reservoir
New sluice gates are being installed at half moon reservoir to help manage flood water and limit flood damage.