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Work underway to improve Bedford boating lake

Work to improve the boating lake near Longholme Way has started this week.

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.”

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