The steering group turned out in pouring rain on Saturday 3rd October to start work on the pond in Malster’s Little Field. In recent years the pond has been slowly reverting back to dry land as Reedmace and Goat Willow took over. We are removing some of this so that the thick layer of sediment can be cleared by machinery. Then we hope that the water plants and creatures will return. Plant seeds can lay dormant in the silt for many years just waiting for an opportunity to flourish again so we should see results quite quickly.
While Alan worked on the bigger willows with our new electric chainsaw (much quieter than the petrol sort!) the rest of us dragged out the cut branches, sorting out the logs to make habitat piles for beetles and other insects.