Templemore Town Town Council is look at a novel ecological way to clear weeds from the lake in the Town Park. The council was told at this Monday’s meeting that part of the lake was covered in weed growth.
The issue was raised by Cllr Joe Bourke, who said: “I’m disappointed to say there are weeds at the bottom end of the lake and they are an eyesore.”
However, Cllr Valerie Young came up with the novel idea of putting fish in to eat the weeds.
“I’m told you can get get grass-eating carp. They only eat weeds and grass,” she aid.
The Independent councillor urged the council to examne the idea and to put male only fish in the lake so they won’t reproduce.
Howver, Cllr Byrne pointed out that the weeds were also needed to feed the swans that inhabit the lake.
But Cllr Young said the carp solution “sounded like a good idea if it would work. It sounds like a natural solution.
Town clerk Tom McGrath said the idea was worth discussing with the local fishing club.
“We don’t want to upset the balance of nature,” he warned.
Meanwhile, Cllr Bourke revealed that Shea’s Field had been levelled and grass is to be sown in that area of the park.