Mytchett Community Come Together for Pond Restoration

Last week I was joined by local volunteers at Mytchett Community Centre to give their pond a spring clean. The pond had been left to nature but now, thanks to Tara, her family and Mychett Community Centre Group, a restoration plan has been devised with the help of our expertise at Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership.

The aim of this first task was to clear the trees and scrub along the southern and eastern sides of the pond. This will let light in to make the pond look more inviting and hopefully encourage more wetland plant species to thrive. Bow saws and loppers at the ready the 12 new local volunteers and 3 of our regular volunteers, Paul, Jon and Mike, got stuck in to removing the trees. A large amount of litter and rubble was also removed.

By the end of the day a huge mount of brash had been piled together. Rangers Stu and Andrew joined volunteers Mike, Paul and I to chip the brash into neat little piles. It was great to see the pond looking so open and everyone so pleased with their hard work. Thank you to everyone who joined us throughout the day to help and a big well done. A special thank you to Tara and family for getting in touch with us about this exciting restoration project.

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Future plans for the pond hope to see it return to a haven for wildlife and people. Please keep an eye out at the Mytchett Community Centre for more volunteer tasks in the future.

Assistant Ranger Jenny

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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