Historic Lakes & Woodland

View of Lower Lake Image 1 of 6
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The Greek Temple Image 2 of 6
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Lady Eglinton's Well Image 3 of 6
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The Obelisk Image 4 of 6
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The Shell Grotto Image 5 of 6
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The Boathouse Image 6 of 6
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16.07.11 - 30.09.11
On 23 July the historic lakes and woodland opened to visitors for the first time since their creation in the late 18th century. This followed a major programme of work informed by the Historic Landscape Management Plan, carried out by the Landscape Agency and made possible through funding from Natural England and support from Wakefield Council and private sponsorship. The display in the Upper Space and associated publication documents the project and celebrates the opening of this unique part of the YSP site.

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The hidden landscape at YSP is rich in 18th and 19th century pleasure ground features, including two lakes, islands, a Boat House, Obelisk, Shell Grotto, Greek Temple, cascade, waterfall, wells, vistas, woodland and a variety of stone, timber and iron bridges.

Through a programme of selective thinning and felling, the unmanaged woodland growth has been removed and the historic landscape has emerged for the first time in decades. The trees that have been felled from the lake edges have allowed for an expanded visual boundary and the views can now be appreciated as originally intended. Bridges and structures have been sensitively restored, revealing their significance within the landscape and leading to a greater understanding of how they interacted with the site as a whole. By restoring the individual elements and reconnecting the views and vistas the remaining landscape legacy is preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The landscape at YSP costs over £1 million a year to maintain and provides a unique context for the artistic programme and enjoyment of the natural world. YSP urgently requires your support, both financial and physical, to maintain and improve the Estate. Please make a donation or pledge some of your free time to continue our investment.

A new publication charting this ambitious project with insightful texts, a map of views and key features, and documentary photography is available from the YSP shop, priced £5.

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