Restoring the rockery at Pittville Park lake

Published on 2nd June 2021

volunteers plant at pittville park rockery as lockdown eases

Work has restarted to restore the rockery at Pittville Park lake, with help from Friends of Pittville volunteers and the council’s parks team, as Covid-19 restrictions have begun to ease.

The rockery on the north side of the upper lake in Pittville Park has been in place since 1890. It was originally constructed to resemble the Alps with vertical rocks and very few plants. In 1930 Mr Leuchars, the parks and garden superintendent, remodelled the rockery with stone from the quarry on Leckhampton Hill in the style we see today and was planted out with a considerable number of alpines and other rockery plants to add floral interest.

The council’s greenspace team together with Friends of Pittville have been working for the last three years to restore the west end of the rockery to its former glory.

Adam Reynolds, greenspace manager at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “It is great to get back to a hive of activity with a large planting operation at Pittville rockery. The new plants have been purchased from a local nursery, Hoo House, and some brought by volunteers - all of which were planted by the Friends of Pittville and supervised by Linda Thomas, landscape architect.

“The new planting will develop over the years and we hope it will bring interest and pleasure to the very many users of the park. We intend turning our attention to the eastern end of the rockery next.”

Chris Archibald, from the Friends of Pittville, added: “It has been a very interesting project to work on that the volunteers have enjoyed, and will continue to maintain and develop in the future."

To find out more about Cheltenham parks and green spaces including Covid-19 restrictions in place and improvement projects visit the council’s parks page.

For more information about the friends of Pittville and the group’s planned projects visit

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