Horsehay Pool


In January 2020, Telford and Wrekin Council commissioned Red Kite to prepare a Management and Maintenance Plan for Horsehay Pool, which is located in Horsehay, on the outskirts of Telford in Shropshire. The Plan was developed to bring together all interested parties to create a holistic plan for the maintenance of the whole site, to include ecology, visitor access, angling, water levels and historic maintenance.
Horsehay Pool is a public open space, owned and managed by Telford and Wrekin Council, and used mainly for recreation, dog walking and angling. The Pool was created by the construction of a dam at a nearby stream, which provided power to the Horsehay Ironworks, constructed by Abraham Darby in 1754-7. The project required a holistic approach, which balanced the heritage, ecological and recreational value of the Site. In-depth consultation was undertaken with stakeholders, including the Telford Angling Association, Telford Steam Railway Trust, the local Friends group, and Telford and Wrekin Council Officers and Members, to ensure that all opportunities and constraints were taken into consideration in the development of the proposals. Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd were commissioned by Red Kite to input into the technical hydrology aspects of the project, by undertaking a suite of aquatic monitoring to assess the water quality, depth profiling and fish stock sustainability of the Horsehay Pool.
  • Desk review of information
  • Site appraisal
  • Stakeholder workshops
  • Accessibility audit
  • Heritage appraisal
  • Hydrological investigation and fishing sustainability assessment conducted by Five Rivers Environmental Consulting
  • Green Flag Award assessment
  • Sketch and concept design
  • Public consultation
  • Masterplan and Management Plan