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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Wed 16th Sept 2015 - Birchmore Pond, Blackwater. GG # 602.

The work starts.

The brave ones in the water.

Tree felling.

Trawling out the dead weed.

The neighbours show an interest in our work.

A much clearer pond bank.

Almost one year ago we visited Birchmore Pond and during that session it bucketed down with rain. This week our GG session was held there, so guess what, it bucketed it down again…! It all started well, overcast but dry, but by the time we stopped for tea the rain had started and continued for the rest of the session. In spite of the adverse conditions, we managed to do a tremendous amount of clearance work around the edges of the pond, allowing much more of the water exposure to the sun. Pathways around the site were cleared of the summer growth plus the usual trimming of overhanging shrubs and litter picking. Some of the pond had the dead material dredged out which involved two GG members donning the waders and launching themselves into the water….. well done to both of you! The again, perhaps they stayed drier than the remainder of us working ashore…! This is a wonderful site and a "must visit" if you are walking the cycleway between Blackwater and Merstone (follow the signs to NatureZones and the pond is just before you get there, on the right).

Many thanks to Sue for the photographs this week.

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