The Mere in Ellesmere
The Mere in Ellesmere is a legacy created by the retreating ice age and subsequent melt water some 10,000 years ago (Global warming?) and is the largest of nine meres and mosses to be found in this unique landscape.
Covering over 48 hectares - that's over 70 football pitches - and some 19 metres deep, the Mere provides a home to an abundance of wildlife.
For the fit there are rowing boats to take out and a steam boat for the less energetic; both provide a chance to appreciate the scale of the Mere from the water line.
The Mere was given a Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space in the UK – to recognise and reward being one of the best green spaces in the country. The Mere, which attracts over 240,000 visitors a year, was named amongst 1,476 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens that have met the high standard needed to receive the Award .
The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 volunteer experts who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. Managed by Shropshire Council, the Mere at Ellesmere is a beautiful lake with gardens, woodland walks and historic parkland.
The Mere-side promenade, gardens, Boathouse Restaurant and visitor centre were all restored to their former glory in 2013/4, and Cremorne Gardens offers a fantastic new adventure play area, formal flower beds, specimen trees, lawns and seating, and a circular garden walk.