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Three Brooks Nature Reserve lake desilting works

I am delighted to inform you that the Council's Streetcare department has secured funding to enhance the amenity lake in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, Bradley Stoke. Below is a press release which has been issued by the Council to inform residents of the planned works. I am very grateful for the local support given by local ward members, the Town Council, the conservation group and local residents in campaigning for funding to be secured for these works. The Council plans to keep all stakeholders briefed as the project develops.

John Morris
Partnerships and Delivery Officer
Environment and Community Services Team, South Gloucestershire Council


Update: Tree works in Three Brooks LNR - 28th January 2020

As part of our desilting works at the lake we will be felling trees that have self-seeded in the proposed spoil area (marked spoil on the map below). This will enable contractors to deposit the silt on site. This location was used during the last desilting operation in 2005.

Arboricultural contractors will be on site from next Tuesday, 4th February, for up to three days to coppicing the trees.

Map of Three Brooks Nature Reserve

Press release - 23rd January 2020

South Gloucestershire Council's cabinet agreed (Monday 13 January 2020) to allocate £250,000 from the Highways Maintenance programme to fund enhancement works to the Three Brooks Lake in Bradley Stoke. Streams flowing from Patchway, Hortham, Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford all feed into the lake, which was constructed in 1993 to create an amenity pond for local residents. The lake was last desilted in 2005 and is now in need of desilting again. During the summer in 2019 low water flow exposed large areas of silt, exposing wildfowl nesting on the islands to predators including foxes and cats. This winter the high rainfall experienced across the country has led to the lake flooding twice.

The timing of the desilting works are restricted to being carried out between November and February due to the protected wildlife which uses the wetland area including water voles and otters. Between now and next autumn the council will appoint a contractor and work with the Environment Agency to obtain a bespoke licence.

The plan will be to reduce the water level in the lake by opening up the penstock. At the same time a professional fishery will catch all the fish, store them safely and then release the fish after the works have been completed. The lake will then be desilted by machine and the silt moved using dumper trucks to an area on site, which will be cleared this winter in preparation for the scheme starting in the autumn.

As part of this project and following requests, we will also surface a 300metre stretch of pathway, linking up Juniper Way with the reserve and making the lake more accessible to visitors.

With the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve becoming increasingly popular, public safety will be a high priority for the council and our contractor. We will provide updates in the form of on-site notices and posts on the Streetcare Facebook page www.facebook.com/sglosstreetcare