Pond Works at Great Linford Manor Park

20 January 2021

The ponds at Great Linford Manor Park have now been dredged.

The Water Garden ponds, outside the Almshouses, had many decades of silt in them, which clearly evident from how much of it has been excavated and is now spread around their banks! This had built up from the leaf litter dropping in from the trees overhead and made them very smelly in the summer months. Back in February 2020 we removed the self-seeded, overhanging trees to bring more light into the ponds and to allow us to restore their historic walls, which were being damaged by the tree roots.

Silt that's been excavated from the Water Garden ponds is being left to 'dewater' on the banks until the spring, which gives time for invertebrates to find new homes. This is good ecological practice. In the spring, the silt will be spread at an area of our land over the road from Marsh Drive, adding organic rich material into the surrounding land. Once the silt has been moved, works will begin to restore the historic stone wall lining the Round Pond and the weir structure between the ponds will be replaced.

The Parklands Pond at the Arts Centre roundabout has also been dredged to restore it to its original shape and to improve it as a habitat. Any wildlife discovered has been carefully rehomed and will return naturally with time.

We've created a time-lapse film of the dredging works.

Click to watch the timelapse footage of the pond dredging,

Watch the ponds being dredged

Ponds are an important and diverse freshwater habitat for a variety of plants and animals and a national priority for our Biodiversity Action Plan, therefore it is important to keep up regular maintenance and management.

For a reminder of what's happening to the ponds, you can watch our video interview with the project hydrologist, Marcus. We also hope to resume our free, weekly Pond Works Information Sessions on Fridays at 10am as soon as it is safe to do so.

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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

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