Tree felling

Sadly the Council have had to use tree surgeons to remove two more trees by the pond. These did not die from the current lack of rain but from Dutch Elm disease and ash dieback and unfortunately there are several more trees which are infected, and may well need to be removed in due course. Thank you to the tree surgeons for a risky job well done.

The pond committee are planning to discuss the replacement of these trees in the autumn, with different species which will not be re-infected. If you’d like to be involved do come to our AGM in October.

Water levels in the pond, August 2022

As many visitors will have seen water levels in the pond are now very low, due to the unprecedented very dry weather. The committee looking after the pond have been in contact with the Council, the Fire Service, South Eastern Water, and the Environment Agency and looked into a number of suggested solutions to refill it.

The hosepipe ban about to come into force does allow for domestic ponds to be topped up if fish or other wildlife are endangered, but we require over 150 cubic metres of water to bring the level back up to anywhere near normal.

Sadly at present we have found no feasible options to add water to the pond, and will monitor the wildlife, in particular the fish, in the weeks to come.