It is wonderful to see that work has finally commenced on the major task of cleaning the lake in the park. There is huge interest in the job being done, and both the locals and the many visitors who enjoy the facilities in our park are delighted that the project has finally taken off.
We can now look forward to the joys of a lake free of weeds and algae - and with the benefit of modern technology, it will remain like that into the future.
The first task is to fit a new sluice gate and overspill pipe. The sluice gate will control the water level in the lake while the overspill pipe will come into action only if the lake ever floods. This work is now almost complete and the contractors must be complimented on their efficient handling of this part of the project with minimum disruption to the public who walk the park every day.
As can be seen, the water level in the lake has been lowered in the past week to allow for dredging work to remove huge amounts of silt and weed growth. (A small amount of water remains to maintain fish life).
It is known that there are a certain number of natural wells in the lake itself, but not a sufficient amount to provide a decent flow of water. To that end negotiations are still underway with North Tipp Water Dept regarding the sinking of a new well in the vicinity of the woods to top up the water supply, thus retaining a certain level at all times in the lake.
Fifty eight Poplar trees near the lake were felled earlier in the year on the recommendation of the official report which confirmed that these trees soaked up a huge amount of water – this action should make a difference.
A Bund (bank) is being built on the Blackcastle side of the lake. This is designed to raise the level of the lake by about 12 inches and will be constructed with the silt material dredged from the lake, and yes, there is a lot of it!