Tuesday 28 February 2012
An historic pond on Nettlebed Common has been restored after falling into neglect over many years. Stradwell Pond was vital to the village of Nettlebed for centuries as it was a source of drinking water for local residents before mains water arrived.
In recent years the pond became very silted up and full of fallen trees. Working with the Nettlebed & District Commons Conservators, the Commons Project run by the Chilterns Conservation Board has cleared the trees and dredged silt from the pond. The hard work was started by a team of local volunteers who cleared scrub and trees between November and February, before contractors dredged the pond to finish the work. The pond is now gradually re-filling with water. "It’s great to see this important piece of local history coming back to life," said Rachel Sanderson of the Chilterns Commons Project. "Now, like everyone else, we are praying for rain so that the pond will fill up and become a good home for wildlife again."
The Chilterns Commons Project is funded principally by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is running for four years across the whole of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.