WORK BEGAN in earnest this morning (4th March 2013) to return permanent water to Hedon’s Horsewell Pond.
The work undertaken by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust involved a mechanical digger moving onto the site and digging the trench that will provide the base for the filter system for the pond. The trench is in two parts each will contain filtration stones and sands; water will be filtered in the first part and naturally flow into the second filtration area before flowing into the pond itself. The process will ensure that the pond remains clear and clean as possible.
Jon Trail from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust explained that further work will take place on the site, perhaps as late as May, to construct a swale: “The artificial swale will carry natural water run-off from Market Hill. It will be constructed at a later stage once the filter system has embedded and is populated with the plants that aid the filtration process.”
Hedon Mayor and Mayoress Sue and Jim Lindop along with Deputy Mayor John Dennis, were there to see the work get under-way and give their civic support to the scheme. Mayoress Sue Lindop said: “It’s really exciting to see things get going at last!”
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been funded by LEADER Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways to help with such parish pond projects. It aims to encourage communities to become more aware of their wetland heritage and increase appreciation of the landscape.
The Hedon Blog has charted the progress of this project see: Horsewell Pond updates