Watford’s much loved town centre pond will be getting some environmentally friendly upgrades as part of this year’s annual spring clean and maintenance work.
Starting on 9 March, the work, which is expected to be completed by the end of April, will introduce a range of environmental, and other, improvements including:
- The creation of a constructed wetland, which will naturally, and sustainably, improve water quality
- New fountains
- The installation of pond skimmers and ultrasonic devices to control algae and capture debris in the pond
- Changes to lighting design
A.G.A. Group Enviro-Fix Limited, who have been contracted to carry out the improvement and maintenance work by Watford Borough Council, will kick off next week by draining the pond. All the fish will be caught and moved to a temporary home until the pond is ready for their return. The ducks who choose it as a nesting site in spring, tend to over winter elsewhere but previous experience has shown they fly to another location until the pond is ready again.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “This work is part of an ongoing programme of maintenance to ensure the pond remains a healthy and attractive environment for the plant and animal life that call it home as well as the great local landmark that represents Watford for so many people.
"This year it is good to hear we are able to introduce some new features to enhance the pond and make it an even more sustainable natural environment, which is in line with the council’s overall commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”