Thursday, 21 July 2011

Glansevern Community Garden builds a wildlife pond

As part of Keep Wales Tidy's initiative "Have a Wild Weekend for Wales", volunteers at the Glansevern Community Garden decided to give their thriving vegetable garden a new attraction for wildlife. The group decided to add a pond at one corner and Sue Newham, Tidy Towns officer for North Powys joined them.
Have a Wild Weekend was a joint venture sponsored by B and Q and Keep Wales Tidy. Groups explained their plans to improve an area of land for better biodiversity and were given B and Q vouchers to redeem in store. There were strict criteria as to what could be bought and groups focussed on plants and materials, in this case the pond lining materials and the surrounding plants.
Volunteers from the Ponthafren Association in Welshpool and from Phoenix House worked on the pond creation. The result is a pleasant water feature that will benefit birds and insects in the area and will be a peacful spot for garden workers to sit and relax. Developing the planting around the pond has been a focus for a short gardening course at the gardens, held since the pond was created.

Digging out the Leylandii hedge

The whole pond digging crew!
Lining the pond

The end result

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