On Tuesday Laura and I led a joint task with the BVC Trust planting trees and reeds at Grants Moor, which lies just east of Farnborough North Station. The three ponds to the south act as a series of balancing ponds which draw up A331 run-off water, to filter pollutants and provide water storage to reduce the peak flow of water into the river during floods. The first two silted ponds were recently re-excavated by Highways, which has left completely bare banks.
For our project Bernard and I led the volunteers planting 400 trees to re-establish a block of scrub screening on the middle pond and provide nesting bird habitat.
Meanwhile Laura and Colin headed over to Frimley Hatches to harvest Phragmities australis (common reed) tubers from the reedbed. These were transplanted into net enclosures on the southern lake at Grants Moor, to help reduce duck and geese predation whilst we establish the new reedbed. The ten enclosures used recycled netting and stakes from Moor Green Lakes. When it’s a tad warmer in May we’ll also plant in Phragmities australis plugs to supplement the tubers. Thanks to everyone for a fantastic productive task.