Cherry Hinton Hall park

Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 8DW

Cherry Hinton Hall, which hosts the annual Cambridge Folk Festival, came into our ownership after the Second World War. It has been developed over the years into a very attractive park set among mature trees.

The natural area of park contains a lake with a collection of ornamental wild fowl which are always eager to be fed.

The site has:

  • two small paddling pools, one of which is specifically aimed at very young toddlers
  • an aerial runway, climbers, group swing, springers, slide, tower unit, disabled kit and space net for older children
  • a small play area for very young children
  • a free-to-use tennis court and table tennis tables

Lake enhancement and woodland management work

Phase two (delivery) of the approved Cherry Hinton Hall Masterplan is due to start in November 2016.

In previous consultations, the lake and its surroundings were given high priority for attention. Respondents supported the proposals to remove silt from the lake, enhance the bank vegetation and restore the original chalk stream. A specialist aquatic contractor has been selected to undertake the works to ensure the successful establishment of new vegetation will have minimal impact on the existing wildlife and site users.

Restoration of the lake will include:

  • Silt removal from the majority of the lake
  • Establishment of new banks with marginal vegetation
  • Creation of a marsh areas to improve habitats for wildlife
  • Resurfacing of the duck feeding area
  • New bench provision
  • Enhancements to the chalk stream that feeds the lake
  • Creation of a bank for nesting kingfishers

The main works are likely to take up to six weeks to complete. During this time some of the lake will be fenced for safety reasons and a temporary site compound will be established on the existing concrete pad. The works site will remain visible so park users can see the process and information boards will be provided. The works will be phased around the lake in order to minimise disturbance to existing wildlife, both in the lake and downstream along Cherry Hinton Brook.

In conjunction with the lake restoration a programme of woodland management will be undertaken to adjacent areas.  

The aims of the woodland works are:

  • To support the pond restoration’s objective to enhance the biodiversity value of the area.
  • To allow access for the pond restoration works to occur
  • To meet our duty of care regarding safety in relation to hazardous trees
  • To use the opportunity produced by the above aims to create, through new planting, resilient and sustainable woodland cover for the long term.

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