Moors River is a tributary of the River Stour, which together
with the River Avon flows into Christchurch Harbour and
they are both well known for
extensive flooding in the area caused by the restrictive
channel from the harbour to the sea.
Following a storm or cloudburst, the quickly rising Moors
River is diverted into the lakes where the water level
can rise some four feet before being released back to
the river further downstream. This provides a time delay
for the flood water below this point. This initial river
control scheme by Wessex Water provided the original idea
for the present park. Spoil from the lakes was used to
contour the land for the golf course, which had been a
wide open flat space, so these earthworks were now benefiting
the park by giving it a more rolling and interesting landscape.