Ipswich: Work starts today on restoring wildlife ponds at historic Holywells Park

Spring is on it's way in Holywells Park, Ipswich

Spring is on it's way in Holywells Park, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Work on the £3.5million restoration of Holywells Park in Ipswich is due to start today.

The major clear-up and safety work after last month’s storm has meant that the work can proceed without delay.

The work is to start with desilting its famous ponds – Holywells would not be here at all if it wasn’t for the spring-fed ponds.

In the mid-18th Century, Thomas Cobbold bought the land because he wanted to use the water for his brewing business.

The silt from the ponds will be spread out next summer.

Visitors to the park are urged to take care while the work is under way. It is hoped the first phase will be finished by Christmas.