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Postcard Competition

Enter our new Postcard design competition ! Boultham Park Lake Restoration Project are running an art competition for children and young people aged 5 to 18, inviting you to get creative and show people the area you want to live in the future. Our design a Postcard art competition aims to encourage young people to capture their hopes for local parks in the future.
Whether it’s covered in wind turbines and solar panels, or there aren’t any visitors dropping plastic wrappers – Maybe the lake is teeming with native wildlife and there are only bicycles parked in the carparks ?– we want you to paint, draw or design a piece of art that shows how you’d like your local park to look in the future.
The competition is a platform to raise awareness about the environmental issues important to you and to move others to take action through the creation of your work.
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Lost Features – The Lake

The second in a fascinating series of insights from BPAG Chairman Robert Pitchford explores the history of the Lake down the years.

Lost Features – The Lake

Easter Tree Video

Our latest ‘Crafty’ video from the talented Ranger Lisa – let us see your creations on the Easter theme….eggs, bunnies,bonnets or chicks …best ones will win a small prize from Lindsay’s large collection of chocolate eggs !

 

https://flic.kr/p/2kQ5mLz

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Thank You Lindsay – (and all our other volunteers)

There’s lots to celebrate in Boultham Park, and we can’t wait until everyone can get up close to explore all that the lake restoration project is delivering. We’ve had so many positive comments about the interpretation panels / public art which was recently installed, and we wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge Lindsay Johnson.

As well as working for the project team, Lindsay also volunteers for the project, and as a volunteer she wrote the interpretation strategy and designed the interpretation panels and art sculptures that you can see now on the paths surrounding the lake. From the supporting strategy behind the themes and aims, to the materials used, the designs of the sculpture panels, the information on the lecterns and the images on those panels, to where they are sited and which way they face – Lindsay has driven the creation of the wonderful installations we can all now enjoy. This has involved huge skill, patience and many, many hours of hard work and grit. We are truly grateful.

Volunteering can take many forms. Our interpretation panels – one of which is on the theme of volunteering and ‘doing our bit’ – will stand as testament to that for generations to come.

Thank you to Lindsay, and thank you to all of our volunteers in Boultham Park and across the city. We salute you.

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Artwork on the Lake

 

The five artwork pieces have now landed by the edge of the lake – each piece has an information panel on a lectern next to it, providing interesting background on many facets of the park and lake through the years. Once the new footpaths open you will be able to see them close up on your walk around the lake. (Click on each panel to open a bigger image to read them)

 

 

 

 

 

Make your own Willow Lantern

Ranger Lisa shows you what you need and how to make this excellent craft project

Link to Video

The New Lake Aeration System

This information panel shows how the Aeration system that is being installed will improve water quality in the lake for many years to come.

Build a Bird Box

Another instructive video by Ranger Lisa from Hartsholme Country Park showing you how to make a simple bird box for the garden.

bird box info sheet

Restoration Works Plan

social media info panel

The project will focus on biodiversity and will include:
 Installing aeration equipment (to increase and stabilize the amount of dissolved oxygen in the lake) which will stop silt building up and slowly, over
time, reduce the amount of silt currently in the lake, altogether improving lake water quality
 Restoring and improving lake edges
 Lake margin, island and woodland understorey planting
 Bird and bat boxes
 Improving the surface around the Beacon
 Introducing more seating
 Create a viewing platform, and fishing pegs
 Improved footpaths
 Tree works (which have already taken place), due to tree condition or where trees were damaging the lake banks for example
 Access for occasional boating (on high days and holidays)
 Public art with interpretations, for example information about the wildlife, habitat, history of the lake and how to get involved
We are very grateful to the NLHF, and to National Lottery players, for funding the project development work and for contributing almost £660,000
towards restoring our wonderful lake, and for all that they have enabled to happen in the park so far #ThanksToYou
We are also indebted to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is our partner on this project, and for the expert advice and support they are providing. We are
also grateful, as always, for the support of the Boultham Park Advisory Group whose enthusiasm for the park and the lake help to drive us forward,
and to our wonderful volunteers.

Duck Feeding advice

A short video from the ducks on the lake and Team Ebsford to help ensure they have a healthy balanced diet – and we avoid unnecessary build up of silt from uneaten bread.

Click here for link to the video