Friends of the Emm Brook (FOTEB) have long wanted to restore the pond by the footpath leading from Morrisons supermarket across Woosehill Meadows to Brookside. A good deal of preparatory work has been undertaken to look at the feasibility and cost of the proposal. Special thanks go to Roland Ramsdale of FOTEB for his excellent plan; Town Councillor 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 few days ago WBC’s contractor removed some old trees and branches from in and around the pond.
We hope to hear from the Environment Agency within 2 to 3 weeks, that the proposed restoration of the pond will have no impact on flooding at Woosehill Meadows. Once this confirmation is received it is hoped that a contractor will be appointed quickly to carry out the work of restoring the pond. However, before this happens a letter will be distributed to all local residents with full details of what’s involved.
The aim of the project is to establish a natural pond which will be a haven for flora and fauna. Once the pond is established FOTEB will undertake regular maintenance to make sure that the pond remains in good health.
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 on Friday 5th July. 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. The next steps are some seating near the pond and, possibly, an information board. And a rain dance or two!