The pond was created in 2015, and beautifully shaped with puddled clay by local groundworker Richard Field and his team. With the assistance of volunteers from The Growth Team from Surrey Choices, The Welcome Project and The Halow Project, the landscaping has been honed, trees and shrubs planted, and the pond planted with a wide selection of water and marginal plants, with wildflower seed scattered to create a beautiful and wildlife friendly area.
We have seen a wealth of creatures visiting and making homes here, with swallows swooping down and feeding from the water’s surface, ducks visiting and geese breeding their young here. Water boatmen appear to row around, water stick insects have been seen; frogs, toads and newts swim around and whirligig beetles swim around on the water’s surface. The gate known as the ‘Dragonfly Gate’ was inspired by the countless dragonfly seen flying around. Dragonfly larvae can also be found in their youthful stages of existence crawling around, which are quite monstrous creatures up close if you haven’t seen them before!
A timber platform has been built to allow easy access to the waters edge around a shallower area of pond, supporting education and pond dipping fun!
The Woodland Pond
The creation of a woodland pond has been a project in 2018/19 to add to the variety of habitats and to create additional interest as people walk around the estate. The pond also incorporates a ditch and overflow boggy area, which should take on a damper character as the tree canopy encloses over the area. One idea has been to extend the ditch and to build a small bridge to take you across on the Woodland Walk – there is always another project around the corner!
Please contact us if you or your group would like to visit and enjoy the beautiful environment that we have been working hard to create.