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Lake Management Bristol – Location:

Two lake improvement projects: one lake restoration and one lake management at different sites within University estate grounds in the Bristol area.


  • A new edge to enable wildlife access to and from the lake
  • A reduction in bank-side gradient
  • A beach/bay effect using sand (Lake management 1)
  • A bay effect using turf (Lake restoration 2)
  • Blend the edge into the existing area


Lake management Bristol:

  • Addition of size-able quantities of large angular rocks creates a sloped ‘scree’ effect into the lake edge. This provides a stable gentler gradient up to the bank
  • Sand on top of this settled stone running up the bank provides a flatter area to move onto
  • A strong pro grade membrane separates the two layers from one another and the underlying vegetation
  • Large rocks along the front edge provide an additional barrier to reduce wave action on and provide a retainer for the sand
  • More large rocks are placed over inlet and to maintain continuity and form

Lake restoration Bristol:

  • A gentler gradient and bay shape was achieved by excavation
  • The excess spoil generated was used to create mounded areas to each side to accent the bay shape
  • Turf laid over the replaced top soil creates a natural finish to the bay.


  • The lake management and restoration works have created improved access to the lake edges without a loss of habitat or aesthetic.

If you require assistance or advice with your lake(s), water gardens, water features or ponds in the Bristol and Bath area contact us at Aquaflora Landscapes.