pond spring 2003
pond that was established under the initial funding,
had failed to establish any coherent aquatic environment
due mainly to being unprotected against random dog
or human intrusion. This constant intrusion had inhibited
any fringe habitats developing leaving the area a
muddy mess with only minor aquatic inhabitants.
2003 a project was started to regenerate the pond.
This project saught to establish a wildlife pond that
would enhance the Green through the erection of fencing
protection and some selective planting. The aim being
to provide a safe environment that could be used by
both the public and in an educational context.
pond is very much a seasonal feature that relies on
rainfall and minor run off from the Green to sustain
the water levels. Whilst the underlying clay base
helps water retention, during the summer period evaporation
does reduce the level. The final height of the water
level will be determined by the layers of shale clay
that run through the area. This fact was important
in selecting an environment both within and surrounding
the pond that is not water hungry.
to financial constraints, the work has been programmed
into two phases. Phase One concentrating on stabilising
the environment to allow the aquatic life to stabilise.
Phase Two will look to extend the enjoyment of the
environment through the erection of a jetty and some
the the summer months of 2003 a lot of work was been
carried out to achieve the project objectives. So
far we have cleared the area of the scrub vegetation,
dug out the silt to re-create a deep water section
and erected a post and rail fence, complete with stock
netting and an access gate, around the whole area.
In order to raise the potential water level, it may
be nessesary to line and puddle the sides of the pond
with clay in the area where the shale clay lies. This
is obviously a very messy option and we will wait
to see what happens over a two year cycle before we
still intend to install some board edging to allow
the banks to stabilise and perhaps create a pond-dipping
platform and a small, simple plank seat but this will
need to await furtherfunding. Our intention is to
plant some suitable, native fringe and aquatic plants
to encourage diversity.
in the short term the pond will look "a muddy mess"
but our aim is to create an environment that pond
and Green users will enjoy.