Meadows – Councillor Batchelor takes the lead!

Our last article mentioned that both the Wildlife Trust (WT) and the Parish Council were seeking to advance proposals that would address any inadvertent damage caused by the Meadows pond clearance. Councillor Batchelor who took the lead at the visit of the Wildlife Trust has produced a comprehensive and positive report that proposes a programme of work to achieve this. His full report can be found at the end of this article.

He writes, however, “That the main emphasis of the WT was to recommend expediting the planting of certain wetland plants within the pond’s interior, and on the south-west bank. This would encourage wildlife back in and give refuge and a location for larvae“.

In terms of future ‘pond clearance’, the WT’s recommendations were clear: tackle a third of the pond in four year intervals, in the early winter months“.

A small working party is to be convened in January, to discuss and agree the transplanting programme and timelines over the following few weeks. The working party would consist of Parish Councillors, GVFB officers, residents who have previously shown concern; the Gardening Club and/or Brickyard Garden team are also to be approached for advice. This assembly will be advertised by the Parish Council in early January.


The GVFB Commanding Officer, Darryl Foulds has published a statement on their website, where any lack of contrition in what he says, is made up for with a clear desire to address any inadvertent damage to the Meadows pond area.

And for those concerned with the Willow trees that were ‘trimmed’, the images below show how resilient Willow can be.


5 comments on “Meadows – Councillor Batchelor takes the lead!

  • Neil Tomlinson says:

    Pollarded by nature?? What on earth does that mean? Pollarding is man management of
    willow trees to prevent them cracking and splitting.

    • ‘Pollarded by Nature?’ Sorry, thought this was obvious. Willows are a notoriously weak species of tree – although having a fairly good life span, they lose branches very easily by the strength of the winds. Not a good idea to walk underneath old trees when it’s very windy.

      • Neil Tomlinson says:

        Those trees have not been ‘pollarded by nature’. Pollarding is not a natural phenomenon. They have been managed over the years.

        • I remember branches falling down some years ago, especially over the dog exercise area fence and entrance, and having to be cut off.

  • Linda Tomlinson says:

    I’m thrilled that the pond has at last been cleared. I remember the concrete steps being built over 40 years ago and my two sons paddling in the crystal clear water which comes from a natural spring. I believe it was edged with pebbles. Does anyone else remember that far back?

Comments are closed.