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Preston Park rock garden closed for repairs

The country’s biggest municipal rock garden will be closed from Monday for up to six weeks.

Preston Park’s rockery pond sprung a leak several years ago, and it has become progressively worse.

For the first time in 30 years the pond, which was built in the mid 1930s, will be drained for the repair work..

The fish which live in the pond, including goldfish, golden orfe and koi carp, will be caught with nets and moved under expert supervision to two large containers on the site, which will be aerated and covered in protective mesh.

The pond will be drained, any debris removed and then people will get to work finding out where the leaks are and repairing them.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, said: “The completion time will depend on weather conditions, as repairs need to be carried out when the pond is dry.

“The work is being carried out in January when there are fewest visitors and the rockery will be closed off while work is under way for safety reasons.

“The repairs to the pond are part of an ongoing programme of improvements to the rockery.”

In April last year Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins unveiled the new-look rock garden and cascade, which could only be put into action temporarily because of the hosepipe ban.

The work included planting 5,000 bulbs and 300 trees, sanding down and repainting benches, renovating the chalk bank and constructing new steps to the chalet. Young offenders helped with the restoration project at part of the Community Payback scheme.

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12:20pm Sat 5 Jan 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

So glad to hear it's being repaired rather than closing it down or filling it in. This place is so beautiful.

After our wedding, my husband and I went here to have some photos taken of just us, including on the stepping stones - luckily I didn't fall in!! It was a beautiful summer's day - the hottest that year (1989) and we're still happily married, 23 years this year!
So glad to hear it's being repaired rather than closing it down or filling it in. This place is so beautiful. After our wedding, my husband and I went here to have some photos taken of just us, including on the stepping stones - luckily I didn't fall in!! It was a beautiful summer's day - the hottest that year (1989) and we're still happily married, 23 years this year! getThisCoalitionOut
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1:53pm Sat 5 Jan 13

SteveUK says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
So glad to hear it's being repaired rather than closing it down or filling it in. This place is so beautiful.

After our wedding, my husband and I went here to have some photos taken of just us, including on the stepping stones - luckily I didn't fall in!! It was a beautiful summer's day - the hottest that year (1989) and we're still happily married, 23 years this year!
1989 to 2013 = 23 years?

Congratulations anyway!
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: So glad to hear it's being repaired rather than closing it down or filling it in. This place is so beautiful. After our wedding, my husband and I went here to have some photos taken of just us, including on the stepping stones - luckily I didn't fall in!! It was a beautiful summer's day - the hottest that year (1989) and we're still happily married, 23 years this year![/p][/quote]1989 to 2013 = 23 years? Congratulations anyway! SteveUK
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3:46pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

SteveUK wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
So glad to hear it's being repaired rather than closing it down or filling it in. This place is so beautiful.

After our wedding, my husband and I went here to have some photos taken of just us, including on the stepping stones - luckily I didn't fall in!! It was a beautiful summer's day - the hottest that year (1989) and we're still happily married, 23 years this year!
1989 to 2013 = 23 years?

Congratulations anyway!
"4 instead of 23 years. Not worth posting, you pedant.
[quote][p][bold]SteveUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: So glad to hear it's being repaired rather than closing it down or filling it in. This place is so beautiful. After our wedding, my husband and I went here to have some photos taken of just us, including on the stepping stones - luckily I didn't fall in!! It was a beautiful summer's day - the hottest that year (1989) and we're still happily married, 23 years this year![/p][/quote]1989 to 2013 = 23 years? Congratulations anyway![/p][/quote]"4 instead of 23 years. Not worth posting, you pedant. Sussex jim
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9:06pm Sat 5 Jan 13

GRUMPAH says...

Whilst we are being pedantic, I would like to challenge the authenticity of the claim, that this is the country’s biggest municipal rock garden. I'm pretty sure you will find Torquay's is considerably bigger!
Whilst we are being pedantic, I would like to challenge the authenticity of the claim, that this is the country’s biggest municipal rock garden. I'm pretty sure you will find Torquay's is considerably bigger! GRUMPAH
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7:22am Sun 6 Jan 13

menowhere says...

GRUMPAH wrote:
Whilst we are being pedantic, I would like to challenge the authenticity of the claim, that this is the country’s biggest municipal rock garden. I'm pretty sure you will find Torquay's is considerably bigger!
Good point well made.
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPAH[/bold] wrote: Whilst we are being pedantic, I would like to challenge the authenticity of the claim, that this is the country’s biggest municipal rock garden. I'm pretty sure you will find Torquay's is considerably bigger![/p][/quote]Good point well made. menowhere
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8:19am Sun 6 Jan 13

george smith says...

My big concern is that they will apply for funding to put Eco goats there on environmental grounds.
My big concern is that they will apply for funding to put Eco goats there on environmental grounds. george smith
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