KENSINGTON Gardens Round Pond has become an eyesore this week after filling up with an algae so thick the UKs oldest Model Yacht Club has been unable to sail.
The Round Pond in Kensington Gardens, overlooked by Kensington Palace, is the home of the oldest model yacht club in the country - the Model Yacht Sailing Association (Est. 1876) and the London Model Yacht Club (Est. 1884).
However more recently they have been unable to use their historic home pond due to the unsightly weed.
Club Secretary Graham Frazer said: "The Round Pond is full of weed, so there's no sailing. It looks really bad. The Park authorities should address this."
Round Pond was completed in its present form around 1730 as part of Kensington Palace Gardens for Queen Caroline, the wife of George II. The gardens were opened to the general public around 1830 and the Round Pond became well known for the sailing of model yachts.
A spokesperson from the Kensington Palace Gardens said: "We are aware of the algae in the pond and the park manager has been cleaning and treating the water this week. The problem is that it does take a few days to take affect. This is something which happens quite naturally and is treated regularly."
There is a long and rich history of model boat sailing in London Royal Parks. The MYSA says it is proud to continue this longstanding tradition and to please visitors in Kensington Gardens with this wonderful activity.
Today, the club focuses on the racing of radio controlled 10-Rater, Laser, vintage anf Micro Magic model yachts, and now have one of the most modern 10-Rater fleets in the country.
Model Yachting in the Royal Parks reaches back to 1827 at which time boats were sailing on the reservoir in Green Park. In 1834 the pond was altered and surrounded by railings and the model yachtsman moved to the Serpentine in Hyde Park. In 1838 the Serpentine Sailing Society and in 1845 the first London Model Yacht Club was established.