Park pond given spring clean-up

Bechy Stanley from Wild Green Spaces with some of the Blanket Weed from Rossmere Park pond. Picture by FRANK REID

Bechy Stanley from Wild Green Spaces with some of the Blanket Weed from Rossmere Park pond. Picture by FRANK REID

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A POPULAR park pond has been given a spring clean by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Half-a-dozen volunteers spent three days cleaning blanket weed from the pond at Rossmere Park, in Rossmere Way, Hartlepool.

The Wild Wednesdays initiative was part of the Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project which has been awarded an Access to Nature grant of more than £350,000 to involve local people in work to develop and improve the town’s parks and local nature reserves (LNRs).

Assistant project officer Becky Stanley said: “The aim was to clean the blanket weed from the pond for the purpose of creating a better habitat for the wildlife and flowers that live there.

“We had five volunteers turn up and it took us three days in total to clean the pond.

“We are very pleased with the results and the pond is looking really good.”

People across Hartlepool are being asked to give up their time to become Wild Green Space Volunteers as part of the ongoing project.

There will be opportunities to get involved in a range of work, including practical hands-on improvement tasks, wildlife and plant surveys, acting as voluntary wardens and assisting with events and activities.

Would-be volunteers can meet Becky and project officer Jo Haskett on Wednesdays, from 10am, at the Family Wood entrance to Burn Valley Gardens.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to get involved, although there is a Young and Wild Warden group aimed specifically at those aged 12-17.

The Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project was launched following a successful bid by Hartlepool Borough Council in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Burn Valley Project Steering Group whose members include local residents, councillors and organisations such as the Local Access Forum.

It is being funded by Natural England through its Access to Nature initiative which, in turn, is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme.

For more information call Jo or Becky on (01429) 853325 or e-mail wildgreenspaces@hartlepool.gov.uk