Regular users of The Lakes will have experienced a series of interruptions since the summer. This has been caused by contractors carrying out essential works, intended to improve the Lakes experience in the longer term.
First off, during August, were the repairs to the Ice House. The interior has been cleared of the rubbish which had filled up the interior, repairs have been carried out to deal with cracking of the structure, and the interior has been fitted out as a safe environment for bats. Over the next few months volunteers will restore the look of the exterior, and hopefully we will be able to work out a safe way to show off the ice house interior to the public at large.
The next set of contractors completed the re-surfacing of the paths between the bridge on the top lake and the Long Wall entrance. As a result, the whole of the Lakes, except for the eastern side of the lower lake is now wheelchair accessible. We feel that changing the paths in this area will destroy the character of the lower lake in an unacceptable way.
Finally, in the last week we have had a range of forestry work carried out. The purpose of this ultimately is to ensure that the Lakes remains a safe environment for users. We’ve taken the opportunity to fell a number of unsafe trees and reshape others that were unbalanced.
We are very grateful to those who have funded these developments: Adderbury Parish Council, Adderbury House Trust and the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2).
This autumn will see two stalwarts of the Lakes taking a less active role than before, and we shall miss their involvement greatly. Andrew Barnes has been continuously involved with the Lakes since the 1980s, when he supervised the original refurbishment, while Peter Waite has contributed greatly to the organisation and leadership of the volunteer working parties who look after the Lakes on a regular basis.
The Lakes Management Group