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Recent work on the pond

November 2016 - Cleared excess vegetation and silt using machinery funded via Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

March 2015 - Apprentices laid a dolomite path from seat to pond edge.

January 2015 - Apprentices installed a safety palisade next to pond edge

Late October 2014 - Middlesbrough Council installed a new bench seat kindly donated by the Nunthorpe Gospel Hall Trust

October 2014 - Preparing the Pond for winter. Removing excess Bulrush, strimming wildflower beds, pruning trees and bushes.

Summer 2014 - General maintenance which included litter picking, tidying up after vandalism, conducting water and plant surveys.

May 2014 - Install four bird nesting boxes and two bat boxes in trees around the pond.

 12 May 2014 - Strimmed grass areas to west of pond and on east end of aggregate footpath 

09 May 2014 - Bat and Newt survey

28 April 2014 - Apprentices and volunteers spreading delivered aggregate onto grassed path north of the pond and small path to south of the pond.

17 April 2014 - Gentoo deliver 20 tonne of aggregate for new paths.

26 March 2014 – Jonathan Pounder with Stockton Environmental Apprentices to redistribute top soil across raw earth parts of site prior to new grass seeding.

21 March 2014 – Gentoo deliver 20 tonne of top soil from Longridge Wood.  

2011-2014

·     Over the past three years there has been a regular litter-pick around the pond margins.

·  Regular bat surveys have been conducted during the summer months.

·  Middlesbrough Council has maintained the short-grass areas around the pond by gang-mowing.

·  Recently a group of students and their tutors from the Environmental and Conservation Course at Houghall College in Durham, cleared out a large quantity of Typha (Bulrush) to provide a larger open area of water.

·  Middlesbrough Council took the recovered Typha to Hemlington Lake and Stewarts Park Lake for transplantation.

·  A pathway was regularly strimmed on the west side of the pond and overhanging branches removed from shrubs and trees to encourage residents to walk round the pond rather than walk past it.

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New : On 24 February 2014 the excess bulrush was removed from the pond by JCB digger and the pond surrounds reprofiled.

Protected Sudbury Pond in Marton set to get makeover thanks to campaigners

Evening Gazette article 25 February 2014

Sudbury Pond set to be brought back to its former glory with help from Gentoo which is building nearby houses at Stonefolds

 Sudbury Pond in Marton is an old farmhouse pond, originally part of West Moor Farm which was part of Sir Arthur Dorman’s Grey Towers estate prior to 1931.

The pond is now enclosed within a modern housing estate with neighbouring roads including Sudbury, Thurlestone, Cranbrook and Blairgowrie. Choked with bulrush plants, the diversity of wildlife the pond contained - including aquatic animals, dragonflies, bats and water birds - was in decline.

Now, thanks to campaigners, the pond is set to be brought back to its former glory with help from Gentoo which is building nearby houses at Stonefolds.

Bob Mullen, Nunthorpe resident and a founder member of the Friends of Sudbury Pond group, said: “Present-day Sudbury Pond is an old farmhouse pond that was retained by Middlesbrough Council as a natural feature within the modern housing estate located beside Dixons Bank in Marton.

“It was noted over the last couple of years that the diversity of wildlife was gradually reducing as the pond became overgrown with a dense mat of bulrush plants.

He said: “Attempts at clearing the pond by hand-pulling the bulrush with young volunteers became too difficult.

“The bullrush problem was flagged up to the Marton West Ward councillors - Chris and John Hobson - who liaised with nearby house builder Gentoo to obtain their assistance.

 The company very kindly donated the use of a JCB digger and driver for a day to mechanically recover the excess bulrush and re-profile the pond,” said Bob.

“The bulrush plants and the excess bottom silt will be recycled into making an island in the centre of the pond and bunds (mounds) at each end of the pond.

“These features will hopefully attract nesting waterfowl.

“The pond bottom will be profiled at different depths to suit different aquatic plants.”

Bob, who hopes that local children will be able to learn more about wildlife by visiting the pond, hopes the project will be ongoing.

He said: “Tees Valley Wildlife Trust have undertaken, through funding they are presently seeking, to periodically monitor the condition of the pond as it resettles following the disturbance of this pond work.

“The Friends of Sudbury Pond will continue to improve the pond and its surrounding area to make it a safe and attractive feature for the community”.

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October 2014

The pond was prepared for the winter period by removing a large quantity of overgrown bulrush from the pond edges and prunning the surrounding trees. The work was conducted by the Environmental Apprentice groups from both Stockton and Guisborough.

 

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01 November 2014

A bench seat was very kindly donated to the Pond by the Nunthorpe Gospel Hall Trust and installed by Middlesbrough Council. This will offer a resting place for those weary limbs after a walk around the area.

   

 

 

Provision of a dolomite path and a wooden palisade