Chacewater Millennium Green is a Charity

The Green is cared for by volunteers

Chacewater Millennium Green

Volunteers help with digging

Volunteers help with digging

Everyone helps to spread out the liner

Everyone helps to spread out the liner

The Rain will eventually fill the pond

The Rain will eventually fill the pond

Millennium Green Pond

At last the restoration of the pond in the Millennium Green is underway.  The Trustees were delighted with the help on 2 weekends in November.   The photos show the work being done to bring the pond back to life.

In order to eradicate the harmful weeds the bottom of the pond had been dug and soil put at the edges.  The result of that was that the banks were now very uneven so on the first weekend these had to be built up before any other work could be done.  We were very grateful to Dave Mayhew and his surveying equipment that helped us to get the banks level, it’s amazing how our eyes deceive us!

Then the surface was covered with old carpet.  Some of this had been stored for months and months (thanks Auntie Carol!) and some came fro the old Chapel in Station Road.  This is to try to prevent sharp stones coming to the surface and piercing the liner.

The next weekend the pond was further protected by an under-liner.  Once that was in position it was “all hands on deck” to spread out the liner.  Then the edges of the liner had some of the sub soil that had been saved put around the edges to stop it blowing away.  Dozens of barrow loads of soil were dug, moved and spread over the 2 weekends and that would not have been possible without the help of so many people.

After that it is a case of waiting for nature to fill it up and whilst we were sad to hear about the flooding elsewhere in the county we have to admit that we were pleased about the rain as the pond is now beginning to fill up nicely.  It looks a bit muddy at the moment, but that is alright.  The mud will gradually settle and that will provide the means of growing plants later.

Chacewater Millennium Green Trustees