Looking after Lyme

Ranger clearing a water channel of debris at Lyme Park, Cheshire

A huge amount of work goes in to caring for a place like Lyme. From ongoing conservation work and infrastructure investment, to restoration work brought about by flooding and fires, looking after Lyme is a round the clock job. Find out more about our work and how you can help.

Ferocious floods and raging fires

2019 was a challenging year at Lyme. Moorland fires in April were closely followed by devestating flooding in July. Both events caused significent damage to our landscape, wildlife and buildings. To restore Lyme it requires hard work and significent investment.

Flood waters cascading down the steps in the garden at Lyme
Flood waters cascading down the steps  in the garden at Lyme
Flood waters cascading down the steps in the garden at Lyme

Flood damage in the garden

  • The Reflection Lake burst its banks, causing water to cascade in to the Italian Garden
  • It is estimated 20 tonnes of debris was deposited in the Italian Garden
  • The Reflection Lake will need to be dredged to remove debris so that it remains a place for nature to thrive
  • It took eight volunteers three days to remove ten tonnes of sand, rubble and debris from just one flower bed on the East Terrace
  • Pipes beneath footpaths burst causing paths to be destroyed from within

Across the parkland

  • The volume of water was so great it couldn’t all go through the culvert under the car park, causing large parts of the car park to flood
  • Flood water brought down two dry stone walls, resulting in 32m of walls needing repair
  • The Timber Yard flooded causing significant damage to the education spaces
  • Habitats in and by streams were damaged by the sheer volume of water flowing through
  • Trees were felled as water disturbed roots making them unstable

Conservation in action

Investing in the future