Neil manages to organise another day with Will Hall and the Community Pay Back Team who concentrated on bringing a good amount of top soil across from St Gabriel’s churchyard. Moving the soil was a win-win situation for all, as St Gabriel’s needed to it moved and this community project needed some good top soil – so everyone was happy!
This was back breaking work transporting the soil and raking it level, but now that the grass is beginning the grow everyone can look back and certainly feel it was worth the effort; in fact, it’s hard to imagine what it looked like before!
Neil organised another few days work with Will Hall and his team to bring more soil across from the church and that help secure the bank all the way around the pond, plus it will continue to support the willow.
At the end of May, picnic benches were installed and look really great. Huge thanks go to the Hanley Swan village Cafe Market for donating the benches and to Stuart of G & A Garden Services for offering his services for free. It really is such a pleasure to see so many people visiting the village of Hanley Swan and of course to see the village residents enjoying this beautiful village pond.
On a slightly sad note, Neil was really disappointed to see that there had been some vandalism to one of the benches along with one of the signs Gigi had put up asking visitors NOT to feed the ducks bread. It’s always so frustrating when so much hard work goes into improving an area, but it’s a public area and these things will happen – just hope not too often we hope.
A white domestic duck was left on the village pond during May and as he kept wandering onto the road, and seemed generally quite confused Neil decided he should be re-homed. After receiving a couple of concerned phone calls Neil managed to locate a local small holding who agreed to take the duck on. After tracking down a big enough box Neil arrived back at the village pond to find the duck happily swimming on the water and looking very at home! Although it’s lovely to see the white ducks on the village pond it’s not an ideal environment for domestic ducks.
The sale of floating Duck Food, which is the ideal duck diet, continues to be a big seller, so thanks again to both locals and visitors for making the choice to buy something more nutritious for the ducks on this pond.
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