Fell Foot from the skies!

Fell Foot GoPro looking N

The viewing platform and southern car park looking north

If you were at Fell Foot last week you might have been snapped from the skies by a mini-helicopter-mounted camera! It was a beautiful day and Stephen Ashworth ensured that we made the most of it.

Fell Foot Go Pro looking S

Boat storage and boat houses looking south

We’ll be using the pictures for the next stage of planning for the project. In particular, the photos help to illustrate how the park’s appearance has changed with the removal of the rhododendron ponticum.  DEFRA ordered the removal of most of the rhododendron bushes because of the infection and spread of phytophthora ramorum. This has been a huge but necessary undertaking, and the process is on-going.

Fell Foot Go Pro looking N

The round lawn looking north

As part of the project planning, we need to take into account the presence of this fungi and be careful about which plants we choose to replace the rhododendrons, whilst still remaining true to the character of the park.  In the meantime, the rangers have carefully grass-seeded the empty ground, and the grass is already growing fast.

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More surveys!

We are continuing to gather results from our surveys, and the latest results to come in are from our specialist historical buildings team.  They assessed and recorded the condition of all the boathouses, the gas house, and the lake shore wall.  Documenting the condition of Fell Foot’s historic buildings helps inform plans and budgets for future maintenance and use, and lets us know whether we need to conduct any repairs urgently.  Broadly speaking, all the buildings are in robust health, with only minimal subsidence towards the lake, which may have happened years ago!

Whilst trawling through the archive photos, we found some pictures which document the historic features:

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Open gable end of boathouse

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Roof detail within the boathouse cafe

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Roof detail at the open end of the boathouse.