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Mary Forsdyke Garden and Warren Lake

Last Modified March 22, 2017
 

The park is located in the heart of Bushey Heath and includes Mary Forsdyke Garden and Warren Lake.

Mary Forsdyke entrance signWhen is it open?

October to April from 8am to 4pm

May to September from 8am to 7pm

 

Where can I find it? 

High Road, opposite St Peter’s Church

Bushey Heath

WD23 1EA

There is a public pay and display car park in High Road and the entrance to the garden is next door.

 

Warren LakeWhat's on offer?

  • Formal garden
  • Friends group
  • Information panels
  • Bird bath sculpture
  • Lake
  • Litter bins
  • Mature trees
  • Seating
  • Lakeland Walk

 

Improvement Project Update 22 March 2017

We are currently busy on site working on a series of improvements –

  • The Lake – The dirtiest job of the lot! The lake has been drained in order to remove a large amount of silt which has built up over the years.  Where possible we are spreading the silt within the park to improve planting conditions.   This will continue for another week until we allow the lake to refill through rain fall and natural springs.  warren Lake de-siltSome of the wildfowl have flown off but a pair of mallards have remained throughout and frogs have been continuing to breed.  Once the de-silting has finished the iris and waterlilies will be planted and once water is back in the lake a series of three aerators will be installed.
  • Boardwalk and Footpaths – two companies have been appointed to deliver these works following a full procurement process.  The boardwalk will be constructed of recycled plastic.  Once the boardwalk is installed the path netwrok will be upgraded and topped with a mix of stone and rubber which means it is flexible and less likely to crack in the future - 1212 recycled tyres will be used on these footpaths!
  • Trees - new trees have been planted in the garden including the large MFG treesChristmas tree at the High Road entrance.  Also planted is a Magnolia which is already starting to come into flower, a beech around the lake and a Japanese Maple which will soon provide a shot of shrimp pink in the garden when the leaves unfurl.  A weeping purple beech is also due to be planted within the next week. 

 

  • Hedges - 300 beech trees have been planted around the perimeter of the garden area to provide a new permanent boundary hedgeline.MFG hedge

 

  • Planting – Tidying up of the exisitng beds has been completed and a number of shrubs and roses already purchased with more on the way.
  • Wildflowers – 155m2 of wildflower turf has been laid at the High Road and Warren Road entrances meadows containing a mix of 34 UK native wildflowers and grasses, with the addition of approximately 15 non-native perennial flowers.

 

More details can be found on the attached plan.

The project is being funded through section 106 contributions received by the Council from local developments.

In order to carry out the works, the site is currently closed for public access and will remain closed for the duration of the improvement project.    

 

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