The renovation of the pond has started. In 2016 we conducted a park user survey
and the results showed that restoring the pond in Folkestone Gardens was a top priority.
The pond has to be relined so the first task was to rid the island of rats. The island was infested with rats (and three wasps nests) making the area a poor habitat for nesting birds and amphibians.
The clearance of the vegetation on the island is part of a long term plan to regenerate the pond. The pond has become heavily silted due to overhanging vegetation falling into the water and the island was very overgrown.
The willow trees needed to be pollarded at a low level as they were in very poor health and diseased but will regenerate. Ducks and moorhens have already been seen returning to the island and will be able to nest here next spring.
The next stage will see the pond drained, dug out and relined. A new reed bed will put in with a natural barrier (to stop reeds spreading and taking over the pond) to provide a wetland habitat for wildlife. This will extend the life of the pond for another 60 years.
Come to our next meeting on 12th November to find out more.