Pond restorations can be carried out with just one or two contractors; one typically using a chainsaw to remove the scrub and one digger driver to remove the organic leaf litter that has built up over time in the pond basin.
However, over the past eight years of undertaken pond restorations we have always had volunteers to help us remove the brash and scrub surrounding (and sometimes even inside!) the pond.
Why do we involve volunteers?
There are many great reasons to involve volunteers in a pond restoration:
- Many hands make light, and also tidy work! With many volunteers we can carefully remove just scrub to let the light in, whilst keeping important sapling tree species.
- With volunteers we can neatly separate out the twigs and brambles into one pile and create hibernacula piles for amphibians with larger logs.
- Volunteers involved in a pond restoration get to reconnect with the farmland landscape, in the same way that local villagers would have celebrated the original marl-pit excavations in days gone by.
- Undertaking the hard physical activity during a restoration is restorative for both the mind and soul. Carrying out the work as a team feels wonderful and we feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the day.
Want to get involved?
If you are keen to give one day of your time to volunteer as part of the BIG 50 this Autumn we will have opportunities in each region.
In West Lancashire we will be undertaking scrub removal on the weekend of the 5th-6th October. More details will follow. In preparation for this, and funded by TK Maxx, we will be having a litter pick around our pondscape on the 31st August, 10am – 12:30pm.
For more details and to sign up, please follow this link to the Neighbourly website.
In North Norfolk, we will be having a volunteer day as part of the UCL Pond Restoration week in September. More details will follow shortly but if you are interesting in expressing your interest in volunteering please contact us.