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Restoration Update: July 2014

We’ve been getting quite a bit of publicity about the restoration of the Upper Lake this month and everyone is so excited to see the work progressing at a rapid pace. The contractors are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week and only stop to refuel the machines and for occasional repairs (and food of course!). We’re pleased to see so many visitors coming to see them at work too as they painstakingly dig the silt out and cart it down the valley to be spread on the old parkland area.  Crossed fingers the rain will keep away in August so that we can finish ahead of time.

Upper Lake from East Bank. Photo by David Jeffrey (July 2014)

Upper Lake from East Bank. Photo by David Jeffrey (July 2014)

 

Isn’t it strange to see the waterfall with no water flowing over it? Seeing it so exposed makes us appreciate the vision of John Dillwyn Llewelyn and the quality of Victorian engineering. There were no JCBs or dumper trucks to move and position these massive boulders of sandstone to create this man-made dam in the 19th century.

 

Dry Waterfall. Photo by Christine Clarke (July 2014)

Dry Waterfall. Photo by Christine Clarke (July 2014)

Top of the Waterfall. Photo by John Dillwyn Llewelyn (19th century)

Top of the Waterfall. Photo by John Dillwyn Llewelyn (19th century)

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Restoration Update: July 2013

The Penllergare Trust’s monthly project review and planning meeting took place in the Woodland Centre on Thursday 18th July. There were also contract review meetings with both W B Griffiths (Car park/ Visitor Centre and Llewelyn bridge) and also Kingcombe Aquacare (lake works). Here’s a progress update:

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Victorian Gardening for the 21st Century

Volunteer Researchers involved in the restoration project at Penllergare Valley Woods met on Monday to discuss the replanting of the rock work and terrace gardens above the Upper Lake. We had a range of contributors from local gardeners to historians.

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