Daring Digging at Darby Green Pond

Local volunteers joined students from the Royal Grammar School in Guildford recently to lend a hand in Darby Green. They got stuck into a range of jobs including; digging out old concrete bench bases, felling a hazardous tree,  removing the alien invasive Skunk Cabbage and cutting back the stream. The main task was donning life jackets and chest waders to pull the remaining Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) out of the pond.

Testing the water

Back in November the volunteers started removing this non-native invasive plant which had swamped the pond in a tangled mat over a foot thick. I’m very pleased to report that after all our hard work, the pond now looks like a pond with open water. All that remain are patches around the margins, which we will keep on top on over the coming years. These are one of the areas the students tackled by raking the weed out with chromes.

Using chromes to pull out the Parrot’s Feather

The transformation from before we started work is very dramatic, when the Parrot’s Feather formed a solid mat.

Darby Green Pond full of Parrot’s Feather in October

The proud volunteers

Acting Senior Ranger Stuart


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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