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Future plans for the Mill Pond

by Figheldean Webmaster at 16:55 03/06/08 (Mill Pond)
For a great many years Reg, Tim and Chris were really the only people to have taken any active regular interest in maintaining the area around the Mill Pond by periodically cutting the grass, removing the litter and helping to prevent vehicles from getting access to the riverbank.

They've done all that without fuss but more importantly without any real thanks, which is a shame. Without their efforts the area would be a terrible eyesore.

There's an organisation called the Living River Project which is lottery-funded and aims to help communities restore and maintain riverside areas along the Avon.

They have very kindly offered to help a newly formed group of local volunteers ("Figheldean Conservation Group") try to make the Mill Pond area a cleaner, tidier place to spend time.

The Mill Pond in December 2006

It's early days as yet, but the MoD (who own the land) have graciously given permission for our new group to take on the task of improving and maintaining the area.

The Bulford Conservation Group have also been in touch and offered to help us carry out a botany survey in the area.

We've also been visited by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust who've given us some advice about habitat management.

All we need now are some more local volunteers, because right now there aren't many of us!

If you'd like to take part in the project, please get in touch with me.

We've put together a very basic outline management plan (everything needs a plan), which is attached below.

If we're lucky we'll be able to restore the part of the riverbank footpath which is collapsing into the water, as well as doing more mundane things like keeping the nettles at bay and the litter under control.


PDF file Outline management plan
JPEG image In December 2006

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