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Temporary Closure on 19 December
Chiswick House and Gardens Trust took the decision to temporarily close the Gardens from 7am to 2pm on Sunday 19th December, due to the risks to public safety caused by the icy weather conditions
Chiswick House and Gardens Trust took the decision to temporarily close the Gardens from 7am to 2pm on Sunday 19th December, due to the risks to public safety caused by the icy weather conditions.
This followed a small number of incidents over the weekend where members of the public fell through the ice on the lake in attempts to rescue their dogs. In one incident a 75 year old man fell through the ice attempting to rescue his dog. This put other members of the public and staff at risk who came to his and others assistance – the emergency services struggled to attend due to the pressure of calls. A further 3 dogs fell into the ice, one of which almost drowned but was saved by the Warden on duty.
With emergency services extremely busy and risk of further incidents occurring the Trust decided not to open the park on Sunday morning to allow time to make it safer, mindful also that some of our visitors are not familiar with the park and might experience increased difficulty as snow had covered safety notices.
A group of volunteers were called into action on Sunday morning at 7am and they worked tirelessly to erect a high visibility barrier around the lake to prevent dogs and visitors coming to any harm and to grit the icy slopes on some paths and bridges. The park was then reopened in time for people to enjoy the snow in the afternoon.
‘Closing the gardens is a very rare occurrence’, said Chiswick House and Gardens Trust Director Sarah Finch-Crisp. ‘We are sorry that some of our regular visitors were temporarily unable to enjoy the gardens as usual on Sunday morning but the closure was essential to give us much needed time to make the park safer for everyone’.
Chiswick House and Gardens looks spectacular in the winter snow. If you’ve taken a picture in the gardens which you are especially pleased with, we’d love to see it and will put a selection on our website. Please email the Trust with your photograph.
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