Dogs approve London Royal Parks Water Fountains
Dogs in Hyde Park have been trying out a new type of water fountain designed for London Royal’s Parks. According to BBC News, the polystyrene prototype of "Watering Holes", tested in Hyde Park, is one of a two of creations chosen to replace ageing fountains in eight parks.
Entrants were judged on aesthetics, robustness for life in a public park, ease of maintenance and installation, sustainability and environmental impact and affordability. The first water fountain will be installed later this year.
A £765,000 grant from the Tiffany & Co Foundation will pay for one of each of the winning designs to be installed in one of the Royal Parks this year, with more fountains of each designs to be added. A 20ft (6m) tall plume fountain will be recreated in St James's Park, and Kensington Gardens' 19th Century Italian Gardens will be restored as part of the scheme.
The Watering Holes and Trumpet were the winning designs chosen in an international competition organised by the Royal Parks Foundation which is responsible for Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park.