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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wed 24th Oct 2018 - St Mary's RC Primary School, Ryde. GG # 758.

Bob's Photographs.

The "before" photo of the pond taken at 10 am.

The "after" photo of the pond taken at noon...!

Alison's Photographs.

Work on the pond area begins.

There really is a pond in there...somewhere..

Trimming back the undergrowth to improve access.

The extensive root system on the pond plants.

Wow..we have, at long last, found WATER.!

GG is always a team effort 😀
Mark's Photographs.

Although we hadn't been to this venue since 2016, this would be our sixth visit here overall. Our main focus of attention was the pond area which had become almost totally overgrown by the undergrowth and pond plants (see photos above)...! For the children to be able to go "pond dipping" we needed to find the pond, clear it out and cut back the rather overgrown surrounding area. As this is a man-made pond, special care had to be taken that the tools were not allowed to puncture the liner which would result in the loss of water. The original pond plants had grown out of all proportion and it was hard going to drag them out due to the extensive root systems. The above photographs demonstrate beautifully the improvements made in just a couple of hours. With around half of Team GG working on the pond, the others were very gainfully employed across the school site - working on trimming back shrubs and making good the rutted footpaths. Although the wind was a bit on the chilly side, we were protected by the surrounding trees and when the sun came out it was a very pleasant day. Many thanks to Sue and her son, Flynn, who supplied us with copious amounts of tea and coffee plus the all important biscuits 🙌.

This session was made possible through a Footprint Trust project sponsored by Southern Water.

Many thanks to Alison and Mark for taking the photographs this week.

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