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Organisational Overviews: London Lakes Project
Author: Mr Mike Wilkinson, Chief Parks Office, Wandsworth Borough Council
Over the last fifty years the environmental and amenity value of lakes in urban parks across Europe has been reduced by poor water quality and bank erosion. Lake quality has steadily declined as a result of increased pressures from human activity, pollution and the resulting imbalance in the ecology of the lakes.
Wandsworth Borough Council embarked on an ambitious programme of improvements to its parks and open spaces in 1993 but was hampered by the lack of technical information on how to tackle its decaying shallow urban lakes.
The Council received European Commission for LIFE funding for a three-year project entitled the London Lakes Rehabilitation Project. Three lakes of varying size, in Battersea Park, Tooting Common and King Georges Park, were chosen to demonstrate an approach to rehabilitation and management which could be applied throughout Europe. The Life project culminated in a successful European Conference in Battersea Park in 1997. Since then the project has won a number of awards.
Achievements to date
Full details of actions taken and the evaluation of their effectiveness are available on the projects web site (www.wandsworth.gov.uk/londonlakes/index). Achievements include:
Wandsworth Borough Council
Tel: 0181 871 6368
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