Essential pond maintenance was completed at Church End pond
in September 2022 to prevent the pond from becoming filled by silt.
The dry summer resulted in the pond’s
water level being at its lowest for many years. The Parish Council took
advantage of this to commence a conservation project to remove the excess
silt which had built up over the last 40 years (when it was last
removed). Approximately 400 tonnes of silt was removed to ensure the
pond is preserved and remains in a healthy state for the wildlife.
The pond is a historic sustainable drainage system, it is not part of any water course through the village. It is filled up primarily through rainfall and the run-off water from Church End. It is not planned to fill the pond with tap water as this is detrimental to wildlife.
The liner which had been installed in the 1980s had completely disintegrated and had not been any use to the pond for many years. Given the pond had been retaining water well without a functioning liner and the large cost of a new liner, it was decided not to install a replacement liner but to monitor the pond over the coming year to see how it fills naturally.