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We are raising funds for our final major project of the restoration - the "All Year Water" project. This will create an area of permanent water at the southern end of the North Pond. It will remove up to 2 metres of silt to provide a year round wetland area for birds, wildlife and fish as well as enjoyment for the general public.

 

Silt was removed during Phase 1 and the excavated area now holds water when the rest of the North Pond is dry. There are some activities to complete Phase 1, such as levelling and grading the silt banks. Once levelled a Public access and viewing area will be created in Phase 2, together with a wildflower meadow. This work is planned for Spring 2017.

As a group we cannot complete this task without financial support. The silt removal was done in Autumn 2016 while the pond was dry. This was only possible with the generous donations received. Over £21,000 was raised which enable us to carry out Phase 1. We are now raising funds for Phase 2 to create the Public viewing area. If you are able to contribute the easiest way is to make a donation via our BT MyDonate donations page:    

BT MyDonate will automatically collect Gift Aid for us (if the donation is eligible), which increases your donation by 25%


Information about our target amount for Phase 2 and progress towards it are on our BT MyDonate webpage.
Progress is tracked automatically by MyDonate as donations are made.
The latest information can be viewed at: Progress towards target

Further details on making donations are available here: Make a Donation  

More information about completing Phase 1 and creating the Public Viewing Area in Phase 2 is available here: Creating the Viewing Area

More overall information about the "All Year Water" project is available here: All Year Water

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The regular weekly Work Parties restarted in September. The initial focus was getting ready for the machines to move in in October to do the silt removal (Phase 1 of the All Year Water project.

The plan for the autumn/winter work parties includes:

1. Cutting back willow scrub for redistribution of excess silt

2. Putting up warning signs while work is in progress and for deep water

3. Clearing the channel from where it enters the N Pond to the sluice

4. Keeping the sluice clear while the stream is flowing

5. Cutting back grass overgrowing path edge along the Corhampton Road

6. Once funds have been raised: Create the Public viewing area

If you can attend then please call David Mclean or Barry Jerome who organise the work parties (see 'contacts' on the home page) to add your name to the volunteer list, or just turn up on the day.

An email is sent out to volunteers notifying the date of the next work party with the plans of work. If bad weather is expected then the workparty may be cancelled. They are morning work parties starting at 10am for 2 to 2.5 hours. Meet at the Corhampton Road lay-by at 10am.

For further information please click on Work Party Tab

 

COMPLETED WORK

 

The main contacts are:

Barry Jerome (Chairman): 01489 894137

Eric Birbeck: 01489 896649

David Mclean (Work Parties): 01489 891911

Alan Inder: 01489 894051

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