Work starts to restore and refill Broomfield Park’s boating pond

The pond has been left dry and derelict for more than three years

The boating pond at Broomfield Park (credit FoBP)
The boating pond at Broomfield Park (credit FoBP)

A Palmers Green park’s popular boating pond is set to be repaired after years of sitting empty because of a broken pump.

The pond at Broomfield Park has been left dry since 2020 when blocked pipes prevented it from being refilled from a nearby borehole, while the pump was later also found to be faulty.

Last year Enfield Council warned that restoring and refilling the pond would require “significant investment” but the Friends of Broomfield Park group has now confirmed that repair work is underway.

While the council has not commented on the costs involved, funding is said to be secured and repairs to the borehole pump, drainage pipe, pond walls and base will soon allow it to be refilled. Preparatory works have already started and the aim is to now have the boating pond – once used by model boat enthusiasts – refilled with water this summer.

The friends group say they are seeking further funding to replace the footpath and benches and further develop the area around the pond to once again make it a major feature of the park, which also includes a walled garden, bandstand, conservatory, wetlands, orchard and sports facilities.

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Kim Lumley, co-chair of the Friends of Broomfield Park (FoBP), said: “The restoration of the model boat pond in Broomfield Park has been at the top of the FoBP action plan for the last five years. This reflects the high level of interest of the local community and members of the model boating club that had sailed the pond for many years.

“We are very pleased to be working in a highly effective project group led by Enfield Council and supported by our local councillors, Doug Taylor and Chris James. The council have prioritised funds this year to carry the project through it is finally underway.

“We very much hope and expect to see the pond filled with fresh water from the natural aquifer this summer.”

Update (17th April):

An Enfield Council spokesperson said: “The council is working closely with ward councillors and the Friends of Broomfield Park group on developing a scheme to restore the Broomfield boating pond. This will include replacing the aging pump, pipework and concrete repairs to the pond itself.

“The project will be funded through grants and council funds and is currently at feasibility stage. It is anticipated the works will be completed during this financial year.”

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