The Lakeside Project - Help us renew the heart of

The Yorkshire Arboretum


The lake is the very heart of the Yorkshire Arboretum, popular with visitors and members for its beauty, diversity of trees, plants and wildlife, and used by our education team for outdoor learning. Also known as Reservoir Pond, it's an old feature of the Castle Howard landscape that had completely silted up, but was restored in the early 1990s to create the lake we have known.

In recent years marginal vegetation has grown outwards from the banks, resulting in the loss of open water and the formation of two increasingly small ponds. It’s a vicious cycle, as shallower, warmer water encourages more plants, while more vegetation catches more silt…

 Artist’s impression of the restored lake area

Artist’s impression of the restored lake area

We plan to remove the encroaching vegetation to restore the broad expanse of water. We’ll also install a hard path, allowing visitors of all abilities to access the area throughout the year, and build new pond-dipping platforms and a bird-watching hide to overlook the water and wetlands of Atkinson’s Bog. Ultimately, we also hope to create a simple wooden shelter for the education team to use with visiting school groups.

We can only do these things with your help. Please help us restore our beautiful lake to its original glory, enhance its surroundings and make it accessible to all
arboretum visitors.

How you can help

We would welcome your donation, large or small, to this important project.

All donations will be acknowledged and recorded in a commemorative book. Donations of £250 or more will be marked by an engraved leaf on the arboretum’s fundraising tree.

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