Few visitors know that there is a pond hidden away on the North side of the Grand Union Canal. Known as the Cascade Pond, it was originally part of the Water Gardens network that connected the ponds across the estate. When the canal was cut in 1800 the Cascade Pond was marooned.
The pond itself is in relatively good condition with a sound structure, but it's full of leaves and tree debris so we will be carrying out dredging works to clean it out. The cascade itself will be upgraded as currently water flows underneath it rather than over it! This is because of trees dislodging the structure and water seeping in. The new structure will be very similar and water will flow down the cascade once again.
For more information about how we're restoring the ponds, watch our video with Marcus White our project hydrologist.
Some vegetation and trees will be removed to help improve the cascade structure, but we will be retaining the feeling of a wild and secret garden with paths leading around the water's edge. A new clearing will be created to the west of the pond and we will be building new access to the area with a footpath leading from the Campion Estate and down from the canal's towpath. Stepped access will be improve to lead down from the Railway Walk.
The existing Cascade Pond is very overgrown and water flows under rather than over it.