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Work begins to restore pool at Lichfield’s Beacon Park

Beacon Park pool

Beacon Park pool

The second phase of Beacon Park’s pool restoration has begun.

The work is part of Lichfield District Council’s and Lichfield City Council’s project to restore three of the city’s historic parks.

The first phase of the pool’s restoration included moving thousands of fish to Stowe Pool. This second phase includes draining it so that the build up of mud and silt can be removed from the pool’s bed.

A spokesperson added:

“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.

Work will also be starting to dredge an area of Minster Pool, near Bird Street Bridge, where silt has built up over the years. Passers-by will notice a barge with dredging machinery take to the pool next week to carry out the works. The silt will be temporarily stored in Beacon Park and, once it has dried out, it will be used to landscape areas of the park.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:

“Our historic parks project is moving up a gear with the start of these works. The repairs to Beacon Park’s pool will not only stop the bank from eroding, they will also boost wildlife and make the pool even more beautiful.”

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