Water difference! Refurbished Yate pond set to become haven for wildlife

January 30 2018

SUCCESSFUL fundraising has resulted in the official opening of a newly refurbished wildlife conservation pond in Yate.

SUCCESSFUL fundraising has resulted in the official opening of a newly refurbished wildlife conservation pond in Yate.

The pond in Coopers Drive had become overgrown and stagnant but with clearance and other work carried out, should now become a haven for frogs, toads, great crested newts and other creatures.

Funding for the pond came through the Wessex Watermark Award scheme that supports environmental projects.

It allocates grants once applications have been considered by a panel of experts chaired by botanist, television presenter and Conservation Foundation co-founder David Bellamy.

Money also came from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme after the project won a public vote at four South Gloucestershire stores.

The Friends of Brimsham Park said as part of the refurbishment, two trees were cut back to increase the amount of sunlight reaching the pond.

A large pond liner was also installed, complete with a dipping platform for children, as well as nesting boxes to attract birds.

Other work included putting up new fencing and planting wild flowers and insect-loving plants to improve the biodiversity of the area.

Sam McDonald, of the Friends, said: "The pond has been designed with children in mind and we hope schools and local community groups will benefit greatly from it.”   

Caroline Francis, of Wessex Water, attended the opening of the pond along with Yate mayor John Ford.

She said: "I originally presented the (Watermark) cheque so it's been great to be able to come back and see how the money has made a real difference to the community.”