This winter the Blackwater Valley crew returned to Darby Green Pond to follow up on the success of last years tasks.
The Parrot’s Feather we began removing in 2017 has been significantly fought back. The volunteers doned the waterproof gloves and braved the cold to remove the remaining patches of the invasive non-native plant that was lurking around the pond edges.
Duncan and Jeremy removing Floating Pennywort from the pond
Bobbie, Duncan and Jeremy went ever further in with their waders to remove a patch of Floating Pennywort that had appeared in the middle of the pond. Delving into the cold water they pulled up as much of the plant roots as possible to stop it coming back. Both the Parrots Feather and Floating Pennywort fragments were then piled in the woods over 5m from the pond. Bobbie, working closely with the Environment Agency, will be checking the pond and Blackwater river to ensure wherever this invasive non-native plant returns it is tackled as soon as possible.
Jon, Sarah and Tony clearing the view
The volunteers also did a fantastic job of cutting back access paths and creating a better view of the pond by removing overhanging branches and cutting back fallen trees. Jon and Sarah can be seen above cutting back a tree that has fallen over the stream as it enters the pond. Tony, Melvyn and Andrew to the right are cutting back overhanging branches with the pole saw.
The view now, after Bobbie and Jeremy had cleared the remaining trees
Jeremy, Bobbie and I finished up last week. Using our chainsaws we felled hazardous trees and chipped the leftover brash. Along with the extensive litterpick by Paul, that saw us taking home a trailer load of rubbish, the site is once again looking loved.
Thank you to everyone who joined me on site to help.