Friends of the Emm Brook (FOTEB) had long wanted to restore the pond by the footpath leading from Morrisons supermarket across Woosehill Meadows to Brookside. The aim of the project is to establish a natural pond which will be a haven for flora and fauna.
A good deal of preparatory work was undertaken to look at the feasibility and cost of the proposal. Special thanks go to Roland Ramsdale of FOTEB for his excellent plan; Stan Hetherington for measuring the adjacent ground levels and in preparing the application for flood defence consent to the Environment Agency; and to Fran and Charles Stickler of FOTEB for their continued support. The support of Wokingham Borough Council is also very much acknowledged and appreciated.
A local contractor excavated the pond based on the plans painstakingly drawn up by Roland Ramsdale. The work was carried out after approval was sought and obtained from the Environment Agency with the agreement and support of Wokingham Borough Council’s Cleaner and Greener Services. Prior to this a letter was hand-delivered to nearby residents describing the proposed work.
Roland’s plan: Plans to Restore a Pond in Woosehill Meadows – Rev 2
Photographs of the pond site before some tree clearance work in March 2015.
The pond was dug out with a shelf in July 2015. A local contractor constructed a lipped gabion dam at the outflow end of the pond. The spoil from the pond was used to strengthen the banking and the remainder was deposited in a thin layer in the undergrowth. As the ground was very firm on the Brookside entrance to Woosehill Meadows the contractor’s vehicle and equipment did very little damage to the grass. FOTEB removed, and have since replanted, vegetation around the pond. New seating and an information board were created.