What can you do during the winter in a community garden site? Well one thing we at Pennine Lancashire Community Farm wanted to do was refurbish our pond area. Our pond was first dug in March 2011 with the aim of increasing the range of habitats available in March Street community gardens. The pond quickly provided a home for a few frogs, newts and insects. By the end of last year though it was in need of a refresh, so in January a group of volunteers began to work on a refurbishment.
Jason, a Peer to Peer Mentor here at PLCF said, ” The area was getting a bit neglected and the wildlife needed better access, so we got to work, it’s a lot better now”.
Silt was taken out, rocks placed around the edge to allow easier access for wildlife, aquatic plants and typical pond side planting have been added together with a small decking and seating area. Already it’s a great place to come to sit, relax and watch the many frogs that have made this their home. By next year, when the planting has settled in then this will be a great little spot.