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Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens' beautiful lakes offer a haven in central London for visitors and wildlife, and users will soon benefit from The Royal Parks long-term water quality improvement programme.

The project will begin in mid-February on the world famous Serpentine in Hyde Park, as well as the Long Water and Round Pond in Kensington Gardens to improve the water quality and make them the most inviting open water bodies in the capital.

As a result of the programme there will be increased oxygen levels for aquatic species, and reduced algae levels, making the water more attractive to wildlife, swimmers and recreational users than it already is.

Steve Edwards, from The Royal Parks and Park Manager of Hyde Park said: "The Serpentine, Long Water and Round Pond are key attractions in two of London's eight Royal Parks, with millions of Londoners and tourists visiting them each year.

"The Royal Parks is committed to the long term management of water quality to maintain the aquatic environment in the lakes in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens."

The Royal Parks has worked closely with the Environment Agency to develop the programme to improve the long term water quality and aquatic ecology. All works will be carried out by specialist contractors.

The works will commence in mid-February and finish in late March and will include:

  • An assessment of the fish stock followed by the relocating of larger fish to give a more balanced population.
  • The application of a clay product, Phoslock, to reduce phosphorus in the water to sustainable levels and reduce algae.
  • Installation of aeration equipment to help oxygenate the water.
  • Improvement to reed beds and other aquatic habitat enhancements.
  • Consideration of a new borehole.

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About The Royal Parks

Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London. The Royal Parks will play a key role in Great Britain's busy summer, hosting a number of Diamond Jubilee celebratory events as well as eleven London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic events.

The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. The Royal Parks also manages Victoria Tower Gardens, Brompton Cemetery, Grosvenor Square Gardens and the gardens of 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street.


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