Thousands of fish have been on the move in Lichfield as part of a scheme to redevelop the city’s parks.
Beacon Park’s pool restoration began when fish were caught and released into Stowe Pool, following a health check by the Environment Agency.
And now they have been caught in nets and re-homed, restoration work to the pool can start later this spring.
Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:
“It’s exciting to come to the start of this part of the project. We are all looking forward to seeing the pool once it has been strengthened and restored.”
The works are being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, as part of their Parks for People programme. The restoration includes draining the pool so that the build up of mud and silt can be removed from its bed.
The banks will then be strengthened using natural biodegradable coir rolls. This fibrous tubing will be sown with wildflower seeds and staked into the bank. This means, when the tubing eventually rots away, it will leave behind a stronger bank that is home to beautiful native wildflowers.
The pool will be drained while the work is taking place. Leomansley Brook will be temporarily piped along the length of the pool so it can rejoin the watercourse and flow on to Minster Pool. Once the restoration work is finished the pipe will be removed so the pool can refill. It will then repopulate naturally from the fish brought into it by the brook.
Cllr Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, added:
“These repairs will not only stop the bank from eroding, they will also boost wildlife and make the pool an even more stunning visitor attraction.”
Restoring Beacon Park’s pool is part of Lichfield District Council’s and Lichfield City Council’s multi million pound Heritage Parks Project, which includes transforming Beacon Park, the Garden of Remembrance and Minster Pool and Walk.
These works have been possible thanks to £3.9 million funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, as part of their Parks for People programme.
To find out more about Lichfield Historic Parks project visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/historicparks.