The Lakes Express

Revista - The Lakes Express

28 março, 2013

Hopefully we will soon find that spring really has arrived, after several false starts. It seems the chickens have been busy all winter laying plentiful eggs and really enjoy their hen house. The intention is to turn the pet hut into a YOO-style clad building too, and we will also be tidying up the herb garden shortly. The pond has been allowed to settle over the past few weeks before we start to landscape that area too, and have it looking nice and green for the summer.

We won't plant anything in the pond as it is better to allow wild animal and plant life to colonise it naturally. We will also spruce up the compost area in the corner of the hay meadow to minimise the impact on enjoying the hay meadow in the summer. We will also be coming round all plots for a spring blitz to tidy up the shrub and tree growth, spruce up the lawns, check on the aquatic plantings, and have it ready for this season's growth. There is a new fig tree in the pot by the Spa terrace looking towards Clearwater Lake. We hope this year there will be plenty of warm days to light the barbecue in the Orchard play area.

Solariums: There are four applications filed for solariums on the southern side of Longdoles, four on the southern margin of Huntsman's and one for the northern margin of Warren’s Cross.

Organic farm: The farmland will host an exciting new project to create about 25 acres of wildflower hay meadow, having taken the land out of intensive agricultural use from the previous tenant farmer. This is a wonderful step towards reversing the loss of wildflower meadows across the country. We hope this will increase the amount of beneficial insects and bird life and set a good example to land managers and owners to give land back to nature, when it is all too easily taken away.

The eastern field behind Bowmoor (opposite the back gate) will be allowed to revert largely to a wet willow habitat as a nesting area for song birds. We are also planting a one-acre garden in the farmland to grow our favourite herbs and veg and this will have some space for residents to become involved. The ground has been ploughed and will be levelled in a few weeks when it's dry. For this first year, we will have a crop grown for us by a nurseryman offsite, for planting in April or May, so by June there should be a nice selection available. We also plan to buy a Lakes’ vintage tractor to help us with our work on the farm.

The Farm: We are resubmitting our plans for the redevelopment of the old farm buildings near Bowmoor Sailing Club. The plans will include a family-friendly restaurant, a media room and beautifully-designed family cottages for sale with lake views.

House planting: Ben and his team are planting some box topiary spheres and cones with some trailing plants from the porch roof of the Dockhouse. If you would like to know more about this planting please contact Ben on

Construction Compound: The construction compound is undergoing an extensive reduction in size to create a large open green area for your enjoyment. Presently it looks like a muddy field but once the sun shines the grass should start to grow. There is a small stream within this area which is currently fenced off. We plan to remove the fencing in the next few weeks. The road outside the construction compound will soon be repaired.

Bowmoor Lake: The last section of Bowmoor - Phase 4B - is now being released for sale. The road has been opened and plots will be made available for sale.

Pontoons: Repairs are being carried out on all pontoons damaged by the recent rise in lake water levels due to flooding. Our flooding defences worked well and the pontoons were the only damage suffered.

Bird hide: We are installing a wood-burning stove in the birdhide so that it will always be warm - whatever the weather

Yoga retreat: The Lakes is holding its first yoga retreat from April 14. This three-day retreat will include Nordic walking, spa treatments and yoga all within the peaceful surroundings of The Lakes. To find out more about this retreat and future retreats we are planning please email

Spring opening: Spring has arrived at The Lakes. Rowing boats and canoes are now available on the meadow beach. There are new games in the fishing hut, new cricket batting nets and all new equipment in the children’s meadow area.

Easter: On Saturday (March 30) there will be Easter crafts, face painting and cake decorating at the Orchard Spa from 10am-1pm. At 1pm, the Easter Bunny arrives with an egg hunt for the little ones. All weekend there will be an Easter treasure hunt around the estate for the older children and families.

Complementary Spa classes: Our complementary classes at the Orchard Spa continue to grow in popularity. Please join us. The classes are: Personal training, Saturday 10-11am; Kids only classes, Saturday 11am-noon; Yoga, Sunday 10am-11.30am. Do join our yoga teachers - Nickie, Deborah and Sara - and our personal trainer Jake at the Orchard Spa.

Kids' Summer Camp: The Kids' Summer Camp will be held August 5-9 from 9am-5pm each day. There will be plenty of activities and instructors throughout the week and prize giving will be held on the weekend of August 9-10. If you would like more information or book spaces for the camp please contact Sam on

Sonos reception: The Lakes hosted a champagne and canapes event in the Orchard Spa to launch the new Sonos Playbar, which allows you to play music wirelessly from your smart phone and be a speaker for your TV. If this is of any interest to you feel free to contact for more details.

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