It was a frosty morning on the 19th December when the Blackwater Valley Countryside Volunteers gathered at Darby Green Pond. When we arrived passers by had little idea of the sites name or what had been done there. The non-native invasive Parrot’s Feather had gathered in the pond, litter had been left and paths needed a cutting back. But not by the time we left, oh no!
Bobbie, Callum, Tony, Edmund and Andrew got straight to installing the new welcome board by measuring and digging the holes.
Meanwhile Duncan, Eric and Mike where using chromes to remove the remaining Parrot’s Feather from the pond. Trustee Mike and volunteers Keith, David, Sean and Becky cut back paths, picked holly for wreaths and coppiced hazel. Whilst Paul removed a mountain of litter from the woodland.
It has been fantastic to watch Darby Green Pond restored to a green space that welcomes visitors and wildlife. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped on this task as well as all the other tasks here throughout the year.
Acting Ranger Jenny