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