Pond Days of Fun…
Parents and accompanied children are being asked to come along to three pond events happening soon. The first pond to be worked on will be Treefields Pond on the outskirts of Ryde on Thursday 29th October from 10.30am, during half-term week. This pond is owned by South Wight Housing, who have been working with local residents, the Footprint Trust and the IW Pond Wardens for many years and thus the pond is one of the best in the area for diversity of aquatic life.
The second pond to be managed will be in Seaclose Park, Fairlee Road, Newport, on Saturday 14th November from 10am until noon. This work is being carried out with the support of Newport Parish Council, who brought the pond to the attention of the Footprint Trust last year. Local parish councillor Jackie Hawkins was concerned about litter in the pond and the invasive plant, parrot’s feather. The IW Council’s Parks & Countryside section were pleased to be able to co-operate and thus the pond is to get some assistance.
Isle of Wight Pond Wardens are seeking more recruits in the West Wight. They are holding an event at Bouldnor Forest Pond on Wednesday 21st October from 10am until 12.30pm. They will be accompanying the Green Gym group members in helping to conserve the pond by thinning out plants and removing debris. The Footprint Trust has been able to gain some funding to train more Pond Wardens thanks to funding from the West Wight Landscape Partnership and the Environment Agency. The training for any new recruits will happen in the spring. For more details call Ray on 82-22-82.
All are welcome to come along to these events – all children must be accompanied and cared for by parents or guardians.