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Lake Restoration Project

Over the past year the Council has been working on a project to improve Woodford Park lake and its environs.

We have appointed landscape architects LandShape Design and carried out various surveys on the water quality, surrounding trees and wildlife in and around the lake.

We now have an improvement plan which includes the following:

  • Reduce overshading trees and hedging at the eastern end.
  • Reduce levels of silt.
  • Reinforce eroded banks with marginal planting.
  • Utilise the silt to create reed beds and an area for native flowering plants.
  • Create a platform and boardwalk through the new wildlife habitat.
  • Improve the pathways and seating around the lake.
  • Return the fenced wooded area at the western end of the lake back to the park
    Consultation

We have been carrying out consultation with residents through our annual residents survey, online on our website and through on site consultation days held in April. The comments from this consultation can be viewed below. If you would like to make any comments about the project proposals please contact us or return a consultation questionnaire. We are also looking to include volunteers wherever possible so if you are interested in knowing more about the project or how to get involved, please get in touch.

More Information

Lake Restoration – Master Plan
View of boardwalk area
View of western end of lake
Lake Consultation Questionnaire
Comments from Consultation
Consultation questionnaires can be returned by email to admin@woodley.gov.uk or by post to the Council Offices in the Oakwood Centre.

—-PROJECT UPDATES—–

01 August 2018

The mechanical work to move the silt and the construction of the boardwalk will be carried out from September 2018 into Spring 2019.

Bank at the eastern end

In the meantime we have removed the overgrown hedge along the mound at the eastern end of the lake and are installing a retaining wall (approx. 1m height timber sleepers/retaining stones). This bank will then be planted with low-level shrubs creating a nice feature while retaining open views across the lake.

New wildlife pathway

We have also marked out the route of a lakeside path along the northern bank. This accessible pathway will be a hogging / compacted gravel path with the lake on one side and wildflowers on the other and provide a pleasant alternative route around the lake. This path will be completed once the machinery work in the lake is complete.

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