Work is set to start this month to transform the wetland area in the Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve into a wildlife sanctuary.
Management of the watercress beds stopped in 1991, resulting in a build-up of silt and excessive vegetation. The restoration project will aim to restore them to their former glory.
The project will also promote biodiversity, enhance water quality and preserve the flood plain functionality of the watercress bed area.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “The restoration of this wetland area holds great significance as we work towards reviving the ecological diversity that has declined over the past four decades. By preserving the watercress bed structures, restoring ponds and channels, and addressing silt accumulation, we are taking vital steps towards enhancing the habitat for wildlife to thrive.”
Watford Borough Council will lead the restoration of the wetland, collaborating with various organisations such as Friends of Cassiobury Park, the Environment Agency, and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
The project has also been supported thanks to funding from Grundon Waste Management Ltd via the Landfill Communities Fund and a permit granted by the Environment Agency.
If you would like to get involved in the project, please contact the park management team at Cassiobury by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Friends of Cassiobury Park at www.friendsofcassioburypark.org.uk