Weir repair will help the wildlife - The Evesham Observer

Weir repair will help the wildlife

Evesham Editorial 17th Sep, 2017   0

WORK is being carried out at a National Trust site’s leaking weir to help boost the number of wildlife in its parkland.

Staff at Croome, near Pershore, recently noticed the water level in its lake and serpentine ‘river’, which were created in the 1760s, was not as high as it should be at its southern end where a weir was built to manage the water level.

After an investigation was carried out the park team realised the weir was leaking, which could have an impact on the wildlife that call the lake home.

The weir is now undergoing essential repair work by contractors Birch Bros, who are using puddled clay to seal the leaks and graded gravel to fill the weir on the upstream side of the structure, as recommended by specialist advisor Kingfisher Consultancy.

Additionally, the carriage splash, which is a feature similar to a ford that the carriages would have been driven over by the Earls of Coventry and their visiting guests, is also being repaired using blue lias stone.

A nearby old narrow bridge will be replaced with a wider, fully accessible bridge for visitors to use.

It is hoped that repair work to both structures will be completed by the end of October.

Katherine Alker, Croome’s garden and outdoors manager, said: “Repairing the weir is an essential part of our conservation work in the park at Croome.

“Restoring the water to its correct level will have a positive impact on the views across the garden and park, as well as to the wildlife and birds that use the water. I can’t wait to see the results.”

Croome’s park and lakeside are open from 10am to 5.30pm and Croome Court is open from 11am to 4.30pm every day.

Call the National Trust site on 01905 371006 or visit to apply or for more information.

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