If you approach the lake from Totteridge Green and the Laurel Pond, as in Volume 2 Walk 6, then you will find a new kissing gate (see Photo 1 below).
The gate is at the entrance to the reserve by the currently dry Folly Brook (see photo 2 below).
You will also notice 2 large sections of a tree trunk helpfully placed either side of the fallen Aspen tree referred to in paragraph 4. If you are arriving via the footpath that leads down from Totteridge Village opposite St Andrews church, then you will spot a small sign on a tree directing you left along the footpath through the woodland before the footbridge (see Photo 3 below).
On the 16th June the stream that flows down from the hill to the north west of the footpath was maintaining a steady trickle.
The most significant work has been done around the lake itself. Photo 4 (below) shows the removal of some established trees from the water’s edge and their trunks stacked on the opposite side of the footpath from the lake.
What is not so easily seen is the strengthening of the side of the footpath adjacent to the lake. This has been built up using large stones which themselves are fastened in place by a network of strong wire. This will not only stabilise the path but also provide drainage of surface water in the winter.