The dams project at Prior Park Landscape Garden

Things are different at Prior Park at the moment as the garden undergoes an exciting, yet crucial, restoration project on its 18th-century dams. Now, at the end of the construction phase, reinstatement work is taking place. Find out what's coming up through the rest of this year.

Since the National Trust started caring for Prior Park Landscape Garden in 1993, the aim has been to restore the Georgian landscape to its 1764 splendour, how the garden looked at the time of creator Ralph Allen's death.

This current project in our continuing restoration of the garden has focussed on the historic dams at the lower end of the garden. Built in the mid-1700s, both time and the destructive American signal crayfish had taken their toll on these structures, and over the last few years the dams have been getting expert attention to make them fit for the 21st century.

Now, in summer 2022 we have completed the main construction phase of the works. Paths are open around the lakes once again, lakes are refilled and the newly grass seeded banks are getting greener by the day. Reinstatement work across the garden has begun and soon it will be time to start the replanting phase of the project.


Aims of the dams project

  • For long term resilience against extreme weather events and to undertake repair works.

  • To restore the historic landscape.

  • To restore the historic cascade in the middle dam.

  • To improve visitor experience.

The latest on the project

What has the work involved?