On the left, the pond before digging; on the right, the pond two years later.

Prior to restoration in 2014, Beckett’s Farm pond was so heavily overgrown it was hard to even get inside to survey.

Once inside, only a few dark inches of water remained. The willow was removed to reduce the amount of water lost through evapotraspiration and two years on the pond was buzzing with dragonflies and damselflies.