Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

09 JUL 2012

Makeover at Hiltingbury Lakes

Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that Hiltingbury Lakes has benefited from a range of environmental improvements.

Part of an exciting partnership project between Eastleigh Borough Council and the Environment Agency the project, worth £30,000, has a number of aims including improvements to the overall look of the lakes and the quality of the water. This will help to increase both the diversity of habitat and the range of plants and animals in and around the lakes. In addition, the water quality will be improved through better management of the fish populations.

The works that have been carried out include creating a reed bed at the northern end of the lakes, providing areas of planting around the existing island and the installation of floating islands to create further marginal habitat.

Chair of Chandler's Ford Local Area Committee Councillor Pamela Holden-Brown said: "This is a really exciting project to help improve the lakes which are described as our area's 'jewel in the crown'. The improvements will help to safeguard the lakes for future generations to enjoy and encourage a greater range of plants, insects and animals."

Steve Brine said: "I recall the works that took place at the lovely lakes back in February, and I know local people will be delighted to hear of these further improvements."

Environment Agency Project Officer Hannah Wright said: "The lake is a fantastic amenity for the local community and anglers to enjoy. This project will improve the ecosystem not only for the fish, birds and plants but will also provide a healthier environment for all."

The project follows on from works carried out in February this year to cut back trees to improve the oxygen content of the water for the fish stocks by improving the flow of air over the lakes.

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