Puddle ponds & path repairs.

The group applied and was successful in being awarded a small community Grant from Chorley Council in  December 2014 and planned for the work to be carried out in January 2015.

The £400.00 fund was use to purchase 20mm to dust Limestone , hire in plant machinery and 150 wildflower Plug plants.

From  Friday 23rd January to Sunday 25th January 2015, group members first transported all the 14 ton of 20mm to dust Limestone to various locations around the paths of the meadow.

We then went on to fill puddles with the limestone to  level and compact the stone. In some cases  puddle ponds were dug out next to these path areas to allow them to drain more quickly.

By digging these puddle ponds, we  have increase the diversity of wildlife on the meadow when they have had a couple of years growth.

To enhance the meadow further  150 Plug Plants consisting of Meadow sweet, Purple loostriffe, Hemp Agrimony and Ragged robin,  already known to be on the meadow were planted at several puddle pond locations, these varieties are known to grow well in wet conditions.

At some path locations, pipes were place under ground to take the water under the paths instead of running over them as in the past. Trenches’ were dug  at two locations which diverted the flood water from the meadow and stopped two 50 metre lengths of paths from flooding with running water.

The Chorley Model Aircraft  society’s landing strip on the meadow is known to be a damp area, after discussions it was agreed we dig trenches and puddle ponds round the area to help drainage, which  will also increased the meadow water bodies and wildlife in them .

If you wish to look at these puddle ponds, please always keep to the very edge of the airfield whilst walking round.

Can the group request please, that all dogs are kept out of water bodies, as these areas hold a great diversity of wildlife, the insect life that develops in these waters are well known to be the heart beat of wildlife areas, providing food for all sorts birds on the meadow.

The group spent 80 hours carrying out this work to add diversity of wildlife to the meadow and make the paths better for the public. Please see photo’s of the work below.

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