WORK has started to drain the upper pond in Malvern’s Priory Park.
Officers from Malvern Hills District Council pulled on their waders and started work on draining the pond.
It began on September 20 to prepare it for essential repairs and maintenance.
Fish are being moved to the swan pool and the draining will take at least three weeks which will allow time for wildlife to relocate.
Work is then planned in early October to repair the leak which is preventing the water in the pond rising to a high enough level to feed the waterfall into the lower pond.
The pond will also be desilted and when completed the flow of the waterfall will help to improve water quality.
The banks will be repaired and reprofiled to benefit wildlife and vegetation will be replanted.
The work, given the go-ahead after an ecological survey, will be supervised by ecologists throughout.
The draining is part of a series of improvements being made to Malvern’s Priory Park to provide an even better experience for visitors.
Coun Peter Whatley, Malvern Hills District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Resources, said it was great to see work start as it was the first step towards improving the water quality and repairing the leak.
“The works are all part of our Five Year Plan commitment to making the most of our environment.”
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