The dams project at Prior Park Landscape Garden
Things are a bit different at Prior Park at the moment, as the garden undergoes an exciting, yet crucial, restoration project on its 18th-century dams.
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 is focussing on the historic dams at the lower end of the garden. Built in the mid-1700s, both time and the destructive American signal crayfish have taken their toll on these structures, and the dams are now getting expert attention to make them fit for the 21st century.
Why are we doing it?
To restore the reflections and the historic cascade.
For long term resilience against extreme weather events and to undertake repair works.
To restore the historic landscape.
To improve visitor experience.