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Clearing the pond – the continuing story

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In January we returned to the pond area which we had begun to clear a year ago. Our intention was to remove a large fallen willow but heavy rainfall had left the water too deep to reach all of it.

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We managed to cut back the outer branches and also cleared some smaller willow, elder & alder around the south side of the pond. The intention in both cases is to permit more light onto the pond to the benefit of insects & amphibians.

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We now have a regular attendance of 10-12 people on our work parties but would welcome more! Besides the management work we complete it is a good opportunity to talk to passers-by, whether local dog-walkers or those out for a longer hike along the RM Canal Path or Saxon Shore Way which run through the PLPT land, to explain what we’re doing and answer their questions.

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We are usually aided by Hastings Conservation Volunteers who are here thinning out the roadside scrub. We retain a “hedge” of blackthorn to provide nesting habitat for birds, screen the land from the road and strain out litter.

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