[box type=”note”]UPDATED: 11 September 2013[/box]
What do you like about the pond?
What are we doing about it?
The Parish Council have obtained a grant to regenerate the pond. This is a great opportunity to improve the water quality, to improve wildlife habitat, do more planting and improve access so that it becomes an attractive, relaxing area used both by the local community and by visitors to the village.
We have been advised that we should clear many of the trees overhanging the pond to let in more light and decrease leaf fall into the water. We should also install a sump to filter the run-off water from the road. So, after we have carried out an initial wildlife survey, don’t be surprised to see trees being felled and holes being dug.
Plan for tree removal
Then we will be in a position to drain the pond and clear out the muck so we can let it fill up with fresh water, which will improve its quality. At the same time we will create shallow planted margin areas around the pond.
Our next step now is to design :
- new planting
- where to install new seats and benches
- a new house for the ducks
- possibly a wildlife information point
Pictures from the removal
How can you help?
Share your memories of the pond
Use the comments sections below to leave your comments about the pond.
Join our WORKING PARTY
We plan to hold this over the May bank Holiday weekend, May 4th/5th. This will be a chance for everyone who cares about our pond to come along for just an hour or a whole day, to help with the restoration.
Save this date, more details will follow.
To fence or not to fence, that is the question?
Old photographs show the pond being open to the road. The pond is currently fenced off, although there is a gate to give access to the seats by the pond. The fence is at the end of its life and the options are:
- To replace with a new fence
- To replace with a row of ‘dragon’s teeth’ that will still prevent cars from driving onto the area. This is shown on the sketch.