WORK is underway to repair a leaky lake in a National Trust parkland, near Worcester.

Croome Court's lake and serpentine ‘river’ were created in the 1760's and dug out by hand to form part of the grand design for the park by famous landscape designer 'Capability' Brown.

At the southern end of the ‘river’ a plug and weir were built to manage the level of the water.

Over the past few years it’s been noticed that the water level was not as high as it should be and the weir was leaking.

The weir is now undergoing essential repair works.

Contractors Birch Bros are using puddled clay to seal the leaks and graded gravel is being used as fill for the weir on the upstream side of the structure.

Additionally, the carriage splash is also being repaired using blue lias stone.

A nearby old narrow bridge will be replaced with a wider, fully accessible bridge for visitors to use.

“Repairing the weir is an essential part of our conservation work in the park at Croome,” said Katherine Alker, Croome’s garden and outdoors manager. “Restoring the water to its correct level will have a positive impact on the views across the garden and park, as well as to the wildlife and birds that use the water. I can't wait to see the results.”

It is hoped that repair work to both structures be complete by the end of October.