Saturday, 23 September 2017

Makeover for school wildlife pond in time for spring

CHILDREN at Woodcote Primary School have been given £200 towards the refurbishment of their wildlife pond.

The donation from Goring, Woodcote and District Lions Club will meet about a tenth of the cost of the project, which includes the hire of an ecological consultant.

The pond was built in the school grounds off Reading Road about four years ago but had become infested with weeds. Volunteers from the parent-teacher association began the clean-up with the help of members of Woodcote Conservation Group in December.

They pulled out the weeds, drained the pond and then dug it out to make it deeper. They then re-lined it with soil donated by a parent and planted flowers and shrubs around the edges.

When the work is finished, it’s hoped the pond will attract a range of wildlife including frogs, snails, newts and diving beetles.

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