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Figheldean Mill Pond

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Figheldean Millpond in modern times

Figheldean Mill Pond is first mentioned in the Domesday Book, and there was a mill here right up until the late 1950s when it was demolished.

In latter years it's become something of a neglected, nettle-filled, litter-strewn wilderness but thanks to permission from the Ministry of Defence Estates, the advice and outstanding help of the Living River Project and the enthusiasm of village volunteers we're starting to gradually improve the area.

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Quick links: Historic pictures of the Mill Pond | Domesday Book entry

Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 12:10 05/05/10
The materials to replace the old rotten wooden fence alongside the Millpond path were kindly donated to us by the Living River Project.

The new fence has now been put up thanks to Russ Sheppard's hard work, and here's a picture of the excellent end result.

Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 11:50 21/05/09
Landmarc plan to carry out some maintenance in the Mill Pond area, probably around the start of August, to pollard a number of the willows that have split.

Just in case you wander down there and wonder why there are people up trees with chainsaws.

The affected willows will be cut back to approx 15m in height, and the overhanging ash tree that's encroaching on the electricity wires will also be trimmed.

Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 13:43 27/03/09
On Thursday 26th and Friday 27th March, the new information board and carved oak seat were installed at the Mill Pond.
Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 12:25 24/03/09
Here are a few photos of the work on the 21st March to plant up the restored riverbank with appropriate species of waterside plants which were kindly supplied by the Living River Project.
Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 16:39 25/10/08
With the help of a band of die-hard volunteers, we completed the bank restoration work for this year.

Here are some photos of the end result.

Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 14:28 22/10/08
Thankfully, we're not moving stone this time - just chalk.

Starting at 10am, this is to put the finishing touches to the new marginal shelf.

Volunteers armed with wheelbarrows, buckets and shovels will be needed again.

With luck we'll be done in an hour and a half (famous last words).

Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 16:09 20/10/08
Another sunny day and another large group of willing volunteers - many thanks to all who turned out.

The structural work is now largely completed, here are some photos of the day and its end result.

Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 12:22 13/10/08
On Saturday 18th October starting at 10am we'll be completing the work to fill the bank framework with stone, and securing the matting and mesh in place.

Same format as last Saturday, and there are rumours of lunch being provided...

Volunteers needed again - please bring a wheelbarrow or a bucket, and a shovel.

Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 12:18 13/10/08
Day one of the Mill Pond bank restoration went very quickly, thanks to the large turnout of volunteers.

Here are a few photos to show how we got on.

We're now halfway through this work, hope to see you all same time next Saturday (18th) to finish it off.

Figheldean Webmaster [Mill Pond] 10:30 02/10/08
The next phase is to put in the retaining mesh and coconut fibre matting, which will be filled with stone prior to being planted up.

This is scheduled for Saturday 11th October starting at 10am.

Volunteers needed - please bring a wheelbarrow and a shovel, if you have them.

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