2018 – A new year,
a new start for nature.
The wildlife pond in the meadows has been growing steadily since the first clearance work done in December 2016, followed by new planting in February 2017.
But growth needs maintenance, especially in this pond, as the years of neglect resulted in complete overgrowth.
The Parish Council has consulted with The Wildlife Trust and Natural England and have come up with a maintenance plan. Councillor Claire Buckseall advised:
“The Parish Council approved a document at the December council meeting, which has outlined a Schedule of Maintenance for the pond (attached below). This scope of work was produced with the support and approval of The Wildlife Trust by Councillor Berry. The recommendations are that a small area of the pond should be cleared sensitively by the end of January 2018.”
Claire also said that if anyone would like to be involved with this work, or have any comments or concerns, they should contact Councillor Philip Berry, who will be happy to assist.
Philip commented: “My role in this has been to gather the relevant information and co-ordinate with Matt Johnson of the WWT, in creating the attached documents.” He added, “The objective is to be as inclusive as possible. We envisage that the work to be carried out, will be done in an extremely controlled manner. The work scope should be read in conjunction with the GCN (Great Crested Newt) Conversation handbook (attached below).
To contact either Parish Councillor, go to the ‘Parish Council’ page, accessable from the Home page.