Broad Water Lake view of the new shoreline

Broad Water Lake view of the new shoreline

Broad Water Lake project began and was completed the week of the 23rd January 2016. The goal was to revitalize the lake and improve the water flow going East from Beechcroft Manor and Templemere. The work was approved, and largely funded, by the Elmbridge Community Infrastructure Levy. The contractors, Land & Water Services Ltd, used very specialized equipment, including both land and aquatic excavators.

Amphibious digger with floating tracks

Amphibious digger with floating tracks

Templemere resident, Alex Rayner, heading up the Lake Committee, was tasked with managing the project, from sourcing the contractor to overseeing completion of the restoration. Other committee members were recruited for the planning, funding, and arranging for equipment access to the lake, via a wooded path. In addition, an important consideration was the environmental impact, particularly wildlife nesting habitat.

The project is part of a grand scheme to regularly improve the fresh-water flow, protect wildlife habitat, and improve community access to the waterfront. Broad Water Lake stretches about a mile from Weybridge, and fed by artisanal springs somewhere behind St. George’s Junior School. It terminates into a stream, funneling into Engine River that ends at the Thames near Walton Bridge. The Templemere waterfront property, about mid-journey, is approximately one tenth of the entire length of the lake.

Shoreline after work was completed

Shoreline after work was completed

Final results: As the photos indicate, the new shoreline has been leveled and simplified. Much of the encroaching reeds have been removed or pushed back, particularly on the opposite shore. Although it currently is dried mud, the level shoreline will eventually re-seed itself. It has been suggested that some new plantings, seeds, shrubs, etc. could be added. The results do look promising and it is exciting to witness how nature will eventually re-inhabit the new edge of the shore. This blank canvas suggests a future of grassy vistas to be enjoyed by all. We encourage community members to have a look for themselves.