Owned by Nottingham City Council this 21 hectare park is so close to the University of Nottingham that it is often confused for being part of the campus. It is probably decades since the last time I spent any time here, despite trips nearby in recent years, but over the spring we managed a long overdue walk around the lake.
The park landscaping was first laid out by Joseph Lowe and his son Alfred in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Jesse Boot, the founder of Boots, purchased the site in 1920 as a campus for the East Midlands University which became the University of Nottingham.
Work to develop the site continued through the 1920s and the park was recently restored – desilting of the lake, lighting improvements, restoring bridges etc. – thanks to a £4.8 million investment from the Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund.
There is a lot of bird life around the boating lake including ducks,
There are also some interesting sculptural highlights in the park including these Chinese stone lions, a gift from the city of Ningbo where the University of Nottingham has a campus.
There is also a waterfall, or cascade, which you can better see by standing on the stepping stones that take you across the lake.
A lovely place for a walk you can find more photos here.