Work begins on an exciting new pond for Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge

Post date: 
29 Nov 2019 - 10:15
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Work begins on an exciting new pond for Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge 

  • New Wandlebury water feature, providing new habitat for countless varieties of flora and fauna.

  • Great teamwork - Volunteers joining with local charity Cambridge Past Present Future working on the project together.

  • New educational attraction at Wandlebury. Great for visiting families and school children to learn about nature, wildlife and ecosystems.

 

Work has started on an exciting project to create a new 400m2 pond at Wandlebury Country Park on the southern edge of Cambridge. Volunteers have been preparing the site and contractors, Miles Water Engineering, are now shaping the profile of the pond.  The water for the new pond will be collected from rainwater falling on nearby roofs and will run along pipes to fill the pond. The first stage of this project is scheduled to be completed by Christmas.

The popular Country Park is owned and cared for by local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future. Glenn Mulleady, Head of Estates at the charity, is looking forward to how the pond will transform this prominent area of the park, he said, 

“The new pond will provide wildlife habitat, be an attractive landscape feature and an essential resource for our successful outdoor education programme. This project will create much needed new habitat for plants and animals to live and grow, helping to tackle the global biodiversity crisis. It will also provide even more interest for visiting families and schoolchildren who can learn all about ecosystems and see different species that will make their homes in and around the new pond.”

The first stage of works has been funded by a grant from Mick George Limited but the charity still needs to raise funds to purchase native aquatic plants, which will be planted by volunteers at the end of winter. Cambridge Past, Present & Future is encouraging people to make donations via its website www.cambridgeppf.org especially if people are thinking of donating to a charity on 'Giving Tuesday' on 3rd December.