Verulamium Park Lakes Improvement Project

April 23rd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Verulamium Park Lakes Improvement Project

The Verulamium Parks are much enjoyed in St Albans but many local St Albans residents have long been complaining about the state of the Verulamium Lake. It has had poor water quality and suffered from deep silt probably due to leaf litter and some low water level conditions. 

The Ver Valley Society VSS have actually been campaigning for improvements since the 1980s! So the VVS Committee Chairman, Jane Gardiner, is understandably pleased. “The Ver Valley Society is delighted with the ambitious proposals to improve 2.5 kilometres of the River Ver…they will allow St Albans residents and visitors to experience and appreciate nature right in the middle of the city. We are looking forward to helping shape and develop the plans.” She said.

Thanks to the determined efforts of The Environment Agency, Affinity Water, St Albans City and District Council and Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service and AECOM. Detailed plans to revitalise 2.5 kilometres of the River Ver from St Michael’s to Sopwell Mill Farm has now been published. You can see the plans for the lake and River Ver now online at www.revitalisingtheriver.co.uk

The exciting new scheme will see the reshaping of the lake, extensive marginal planting, river course restoration, a better connection with groundwater, wildlife zones, new wetland areas, boardwalks, and many more intriguing features. If you are keen to get involved as part of Sustainable St Albans  VVS will be clearing the Mill Leat adjacent to the road bridge through to the meadow  on Saturday 21st April 2018 form 10.00 – 12.00am. For further information, you can contact the VAG Co-ordinator, Richard Wallis. Tel: 01582 794332-vrichard_wallis@btconnect.com

These improvement projects should help restore St Albans precious chalk stream and provide a healthier, more attractive Verulamium Park lake for residents and visitors to St Alban's to enjoy.