Work starts again on historic park project

News of an historic restoration project in Cheltenham recently found its way to Corinium Radio.

It was revealed that work had restarted to restore the rockery at Pittville Park Lake, with help from the Friends of Pittville volunteers and the parks team from Cheltenham Borough Council.

The rockery, on the north side of the upper lake in Pittville Park, has been in place since 1890.

It was originally constructed to resemble the Alps, with vertical rocks and very few plants.

In 1930, the parks and garden superintendent remodelled the rockery with stone from the quarry on Leckhampton Hill in the style we see today.

It was planted out with a considerable number of alpines and other rockery plants to add floral interest.

The council’s greenspace team, together with the Friends of Pittville, have been working for the last three years to restore the west end of the rockery to its former glory.