Wednesday 13 November 2013
This may not be the prettiest of photos (no I don’t mean Jonathan and Alan) but it is all part of vital work that goes on behind the scenes at Mount Stewart. A new, additional drainage system is being installed in the Lily Wood, starting at the Memorial Glade, so it is all hands on deck (the volunteers were not asked to join in and we didn’t argue). New drains had been made in the lower part of the Lily Wood in 2011 and this new system will connect up with it and hopefully that will solve all the problems.
The water drains down the hill, into the Lily Wood and up out of the ground. The drains are now blocked up with roots, silt and general debris, the last time this had been cleared was probably in the 1980’s. An 18” trench is being dug, then the drainage pipes will go in and the trench filled in with clean 1” stones and the sods replaced. It is an enormous job but the Lily Wood is always damp even in fine weather so this will make it more pleasant for visitors to walk around.