A range of work to improve three lakes located at one of the city’s most popular parks is now underway.
Over a six week period, each of the lakes at Temple Newsam park will be drained to allow machinery to remove silt and leaves that have built up over the years, with the mud rich in nutrients that is taken out being used as a soil improver at a nearby field.

Once this clearance is completed a number of other improvements will also be made, including repairs to some of the lakes edges, planting to improve water quality and securing the banks with a view to providing a haven for wildlife.

As part of the £106,000 scheme, which includes a grant of £45,000 accessed by GrantScape from the Caird Bardon Community Programme, the lakes will be safely fenced off and the lakeside paths and car park will be intermittently closed to allow access for machines and vehicles.

Visitors are asked to note, that the paths and roads from the lakes to the bottom of Avenue Wood and the Colton Fields may see additional traffic and experience more mud than usual. Safety signs will also be in place during the overhaul to inform people of the latest work which is being carried out.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“We are currently undertaking a range of work to enhance the lakes at Temple Newsam park, which includes removing the silt and leaves that have built up over the years, and undertaking various repairs.
“This scheme would not have been on the scale it is without the support of GrantScape, and I would personally like to thank them for all of their help.

“While this project is being completed it may potentially lead to some minor disruption for visitors, and we would ask the public to bear with us as this important programme of improvements takes place.”

Alderman Keith Parker, Chair of GrantScape said:

“It will be great once this work is completed, to see youngsters from the local community being able to use the lakes for pond dipping once again and have the opportunity to see the wildlife and birds which will be attracted to the lakes.”


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