Jumbles: Pond Restoration

Pond Restoration 15th May 2022

As well as a big reservoir Jumbles Country Park also has some smaller water bodies that are less well known. The three ponds we are working on today had become overgrown and shaded out by vegetation. During the week some of this had been cut back and also two of the ponds had been dredged to remove leaf litter and silt; today’s job was to introduce oxygenating plants to the pond and also tidy up the surrounding area.

Brash and branches were moved to linear habitat piles, Himalayan balsam was pulled up or cut down and more trees and branches were cut back to open up the canopy to allow more light to reach the pond. Aquatic plants were added to 2 of the ponds, including water forget-me-not and water violet.

The ponds should attract frogs and toads as well as insects such as dragonflies. We will be coming back over the months to pull out more balsam. Thanks to everyone involved.