Work underway to improve Bedford boating lake
Work to improve the boating lake near Longholme Way has started
For the first time, Bedford Borough Council is using rafts made
of barley straw to reduce the amount of blanket weed which can make
the lake look unsightly and cause problems for people who want to
use the lake for boating or fishing.
Natural chemicals released by the straw control and reduce
surface growths such as blanket weed and other algal problems.
Similar schemes have been carried out across the country and have
seen positive results. However, the treatment is a long term
approach and is unlikely to see overnight results. This work is
being carried out with the full backing of the lake’s boating
business and the Environment Agency.
Simon Fisher, Parks and Countryside Manager, Bedford Borough
Council, said: “Local residents quite rightly expect us to work
hard to look after and maintain our open spaces across the borough.
We believe this technique will help to control the blanket weeds
which have started to appear at the boating lake while still
maintaining the excellent biodiversity already in place.
“Similar techniques have already proved useful in other parts of
the country and we believe, over time, we will see positive results
here as well.”