Pond work starts now

Caddis Ltd are going to start the ‘winter tidy-up’ of the ponds as part of the ponds annual maintenance program as decided at December 2015 PC meeting.  The program of works is to follow (with dates), but here is a summary of the forthcoming works.
Please note
There is an additional program of works for the summer months for each pond.  The culvert and sluice pond are not being worked on until Autumn 2016.
Duke’s Way Little Pond – A small seasonal pond which dries in summer.
Annual Autumn/Winter Management
  • Cut back vegetation surrounding the pond to 1 metre from the water level. Vegetation to be cut to ground level.
  • A proportion of the birch and alder regeneration to be left and cut on a 3 year cycle to create habitat enhancement and an element of shelter and screening.
  • Suckering and low level pruning to be carried out on the surrounding trees as required.
Duck Pond – A larger and permanent pond offering habitat and recreational benefits to local residents.
Annual Autumn/Winter Management
  • Cut back vegetation surrounding the pond to 1 metre from the water level. Vegetation to be cut to ground level.
  • The dogwood to be cut on a 3 year cycle to create habitat enhancement and an element of shelter and screening and ensure that the area doesn’t become too overgrown.
  • Suckering and low level pruning to be carried out on the surrounding trees as required, focusing on the willow and alder suckering and regeneration.
  • Some bramble around edges seen as beneficial not only from habitat perspective but also as a natural deterrent from people entering the pond.
Bickerton Way Pond – A small seasonal pond offering habitat benefits and assisting with drainage of nearby grassed area.
Annual Autumn/Winter Management
  • Flail bramble on the banks and any other aggressive weeds, leaving a habitat fringe, trim back trees and shrubs as required.
Moor Park Road Pond 1- A small pond offering habitat and amenity benefit.
Annual Autumn Management
  • Flail bramble and scrub on the near bank and any other aggressive weeds, leaving a habitat fringe of 1 metre where possible to the water’s edge.
  • Cut and remove regenerating willow and sallow from around the far bank/water’s edge, stump treat cut vegetation. Take care to leave screening and vegetation higher up far bank.
Moor Park Road Pond 2- A small seasonal pond.
Annual Autumn Management
  • Flail bramble and scrub around the bank edges, leaving a habitat fringe of 1 metre where possible to the water’s edge.
Coronet Pond – A small pond offering habitat and high amenity benefit however now suffering from an
infestation of non-native invasive weeds, we suggest that these are targeted twice a year to try and reduce/eradicate them from the pond.
Annual Autumn and Spring Management
  • Remove all invasive weed, Parrots Feather and Crassula.
  • Removal by hand pulling/raking, all material removed to be treated with appropriate herbicide prior to removal from site, all protective clothing to be bagged for decontamination.