The Restoration of Conway Pond

We recently interviewed some of the volunteers who have restored the pond in Conway Recreation ground. The builders of the Lakes estate had originally wanted to build a through road there but had been deterred by the swampy pond.  After years of complaints the then council had taken over the area and tried to create a recreation area for local residents.  This was successful and the rec and tennis club have been enjoyed for over 100 years. Unfortunately flooding of the pond over 6 years ago caused chaos and when the council investigated they found that the drainage system had collapsed between the pond and the tennis courts.  Although they carefully rebuilt the drainage system and cleaned out the pond, the consequence of this was a barren pond, with all plant and animal life removed.  That’s when the Friends formed and the island building and planting started.  Some of the friends explain how they went about the restoration and how it’s upkeep is organised. We did not add music as it is lovely to hear the natural sound track added by the birds and ducks.

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