Boultham Park lake restoration a step closer

Boultham Park Lake could be given new life with water quality improvements, pathways and restoration works after the first tranche of funding was awarded to the City of Lincoln Council.

Plans for Phase Two of the Boultham Park Restoration Project, focusing on the lake area, are underway after it secured development funding of £62,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Boultham Park previously benefitted from £2.7million from the HLF for restoration and improvement works before its opening celebration in May 2018.

The development funding was awarded to help the City of Lincoln Council progress its plans to apply for a full grant in just over a year’s time and, if successful, this would be used to make improvements around the lake area.

Boultham Park Lake. Photo: City of Lincoln Council

This would include restoring the lake water quality, new pathways, restored and new lake edges, woodland planting and a new area for fishing.

One of the main improvements would be aerating works to the lake, so instead of having to clean and re-clean it by dredging it would allow the water to become rich in oxygen and clean itself naturally.

The next phase will also encourage wildlife and plant life to flourish around the lake area, with the project receiving backing of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

The project will also include more volunteering opportunities and community events.

Community Services Manager Caroline Bird said: “We are thrilled that the HLF have recognised the importance of the lake restoration, and will now do all we can to deliver a quality bid in the hope that we will get the final go-ahead next year.

“Our thanks to National Lottery players whose contributions have already made such a difference in Boultham Park”.

Photo: City of Lincoln Council