Church Farm

Church Farm is home to our first two ponds; Original ghost (the first ghost pond we re-excavated), and Horseshoe pond (a large overgrow pond which we restored).

The farm has a high density of ponds, in varying stages of succession.  Most of the ponds on the farm are old marl pits, although a couple have been dug more recently for ornamental purposes.  Original ghost was once located on a hedgerow, which was removed in the 1950s and chucked into the pond to fill it in.  The restored Horseshoe pond is located in the same field as the ghost, and was presumably left to succeed because it was inconveniently large to fill in.

 

Original ghost before resurrection.  The white arrows mark the edges of the pond.  Many ghost ponds remain visible as damp patches or depressions out in the fields.

Original ghost before resurrection. The white arrows mark the edges of the pond. Many ghost ponds remain visible as damp patches or depressions out in the fields.

 

There's a pond in there somewhere.  Like many of our farmland ponds, Horseshoe pond was very overgrown, and in need of some TLC.  The only problem was where to begin!

There’s a pond in there somewhere. Like many of our farmland ponds, Horseshoe pond was very overgrown, and in need of some TLC. The only problem was where to begin!

 

 

 

 

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