Welwyn Garden City lake set to reopen

PUBLISHED: 10:13 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:39 26 July 2018

Holwell Hyde Lake, Welwyn Garden City. 
Picture: Supplied

Holwell Hyde Lake, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied

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A Welwyn Garden City lake is set to reopen this weekend after being closed on the advice of the Environment Agency.

Holwell Hyde Lake, situated just off Cole Green Lane, will reopen to members of the public and Welwyn Garden City Angling Club members on Saturday.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The lake is owned by Welwyn Garden City Angling Club.

“We have been working in partnership with the angling club to provide advice on fisheries management.”

Head bailiff for Holwell Hyde Lake, Brian Armstrong, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was closed due to lack of oxygen and algae in the water.

“We could have opened up a couple of days ago but I decided to leave it until Saturday.”

Fellow club member Gerald Esmond, who manages Stanborough Lakes Fishery, added: “It didn’t need to be shut but they [Environment Agency] erred on the side of caution.

“There was no risk to anyone.

“It’s just an algae bloom and I don’t believe it was blue algae.”

Mr Esmond added: “Please could people not put Koi Carp from their ponds into any lakes as Koi Carp carry certain diseases that can kill normal lake carp.”

Holwell Hyde is described as a well-established carp fishery by the club.

It has a selection of course mixed stocks.

It has carp to 32lb, pike to 30Ib, bream to 7lb, tench to 6Ib, perch to 4Ib, crucian, roach and rudd,

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