What the improvements are

We're doing restoration work on the Victorian lake in St George Park from November 2021 for 6 months.

We've invested £400,000 to improve the:

  • facilities on and around the lake for local residents and visitors
  • natural environment for birds and other wildlife


  • repairing footpaths around the lake
  • replacing and strengthen the lake's walls
  • adding a new boardwalk dipping platform, so that children can watch wildlife and take samples from the lake to learn about nature and conservation

We're using silt from the lake, and planting wetland plant species, to make new wetland areas and habitats for:

  • wildfowl
  • amphibious creatures, such as frogs and newts
  • insects

We're also making a natural amphitheatre on the side of the lake for outdoor performances.

When we're doing the work

The area around the lake closed to the public on Wednesday 17 November 2021.

The main work began on 22 November 2021 and has taken around 6 months.

This is because we have removed and rebuilt the existing lake edge wall in stages so that the footpath doesn't collapse.

We've rehomed breeding swans during this time. We've also needed more time for bad weather, because parts of the de-silting process cannot take place during intense periods of rain.

Thanks for those who use St George Park for your patience while we carry out these works.

We'll share more details about when the lake will reopen here soon.