Council team give Whitby Park pond a spring clean

29 February 2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Grounds Maintenance Team has given Whitby Park pond a new lease of life.

Over the last couple of weeks the team has moved debris and weed from the pond to restore it back to its former glory. Specialist machinery was brought in to clear the bottom of the pond, which had become shallower due to a natural build-up of leaf litter and sediment.

Before work began the team asked for advice from colleagues in the Total Environment Team, who came along to assess the pond, its wildlife and aquatic vegetation.

Crucian Carp and Sticklebacks were found in the pond and the Total Environment Team advised their colleagues to access the pond from as fewer areas as possible to limit disturbance and also to leave an area of vegetation untouched.

This helped to leave an area of habitat and vegetation for any aquatic insects and also an area for the resident moorhens. A heron is also a regular visitor, probably feeding on the small fish population.

A pile of sediment was left next to the pond once the work was completed so that aquatic life caught up in it could make its way back to the pond.

Councillor Mark Henesy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community said: “The Grounds Maintenance team has done a wonderful job rejuvenating a much-loved local beauty spot.  It has been a pleasure to read the messages of thanks and support from local residents on social media.

“The pond currently has limited diversity and I’m delighted that this work will enhance the habitat for other wildlife in the future.” Local residents are once again able to fish from the pond, provided they have the correct licence and leave the pond in a tidy condition.
Funding from the project was obtained by the Council’s Ellesmere Port Localities Team and local councillors.

There is a specific wildlife area to the rear of the Bowling Greens, including a small ‘natural pond’ which remains undisturbed.

Steve Davies, Tony Marley, Andy James, Graham Jones, Ed Glenn, Rob Taylor, Helen Lacy, Tom Kelly, Cheshire West and Chester Council staff from the Grounds Maintenance, Greenspaces, Localities and Total Environment Teams at the new look Whitby Park Pond.
L-R Steve Davies, Tony Marley, Andy James, Graham Jones, Ed Glenn, Rob Taylor, Helen Lacy, Tom Kelly, Cheshire West and Chester Council staff from the Grounds Maintenance, Greenspaces, Localities and Total Environment Teams at the new look Whitby Park Pond.

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