Council teams up with conservators to restore ancient pond

Merton Council has teamed up with the Mitcham Common Conservators to restore the ancient One Island Pond on Mitcham Common.

Following a successful bid by Merton Council and the Mitcham Common Conservators for £14,965 from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, the first phase of works on restoring the pond has now begun. The Conservators are in the process of moving silt from the main part of the pond to create a reed bed at the eastern-most end of the pond. The work will enhance both the appearance of the pond and will also improve it as a home to many fish and other wildlife.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: ‘Our work with Mitcham Common Conservators will vastly improve the water quality of the pond and will allow pond life to flourish so that all our residents can continue to enjoy this beauty spot. This is a perfect example of how organisations with their different areas of expertise can work effectively in partnership to achieve good work to benefit of the community.’

Chair of the Mitcham Common Conservators, Paul Harper said: ‘The accumulated silt in One Island Pond was having a detrimental impact on the pond’s appearance and its capacity to hold water. This project will restore the pond and the creation of a reed bed will provide an additional habitat for wildlife to enjoy. We are grateful for the support we have received from Merton Council, the Friends of Mitcham Common and Viridor Credits for funding the project.’

Further information on the restoration of One Island Pond can be found at http://www.mitchamcommon.org

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