Saturday, 20 October 2018

Volunteers praying for rain to fill new pond

A POND has been built on the site of Wargrave chalk pit.

A POND has been built on the site of Wargrave chalk pit.

Members of the Friends of Wargrave Chalk Pit, along with a team from the Conserve Reading on Wednesdays group, took five hours to dig the pond by hand. It will be filled slowly with rainwater.

The land off Braybrooke Road is owned by Wargrave Parish Council.

The materials cost £800 and were paid for with a £415 Dorothy Morley Conservation Award, which the Friends received from the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust last year, and £400 from Wokingham Borough Council. Penny Miller, a member of the Friends, said: “We hope the pond will attract more amphibians.

“There are already frogs down there and when bashing nettles in August we had to avoid lots of tiny ones leaping about. We now are awaiting rain to fill up the pond over winter, so we would actually welcome rainy days!”

Today (Friday), the group were constructing a “dead hedge” to separate the pond from the path to deter dogs from jumping in.

“We will also be planting some hazel in a newly created clearing,” said Mrs Miller.

For more information, call Mrs Miller on 0118 940 3381.

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