Voley Ponds

Friday, December 19th 2014

This afternoon the dam at the Voley ponds was repaired, over time water had worked its way under and cut around the structure. New posts were driven into the clay to hold the dam in place and additional clay tightly packed around the wood. Hopefully this will be enough to hold back the water though more major repairs could be needed at the start of next week!

This area has been totally transformed over the last week. Volunteers were hard at work again yesterday clearing and coppicing the tangle of Blackthorn and Willow that surrounds one side of the ponds. Views have now been opened up towards the scrapes. The additional light here will benefit wildlife, encouraging wildflowers to grow alongside the paths and ponds, in turn providing food for insects and other animals.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked on this; the end of coppicing this area is finally in sight! Next Tuesday we are having our Volunteer Christmas Lunch, everyone is welcome to join us in the Field Centre at 1300, please remember to bring a tasty dish to share!

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