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The Glen pond in Minster to receive £11,000 upgrade

Published Thursday 19 August, 2021
Last updated on Thursday 19 August, 2021

Visitors to The Glen in Minster will soon be able to enjoy new and improved pond thanks to more than £11,000 from Swale Borough Council.

The council plan to dredge the pond to remove any excessive debris and organic deposits and cut back the overgrown trees. Three new benches will also be added.

Work is scheduled to start in September.

Cllr Elliott Jayes, deputy cabinet member for community at the council, said:

“The Glen is a wonderful green space right in the middle of Minster. Local people spend time here walking their dogs, playing with their kids, flying kites or using the play area.

“However, the pond that dates back to the 1960s has been neglected over the years. Trees now cover it completely and the last time it was cleared was sometime in the 90s.

“We’ve allocated more than £11,000 from our special projects fund to restore the pond back to its former glory.

“We’ve commissioned an ecological management plan to help us support the pond’s wildlife, improve biodiversity and make it an inviting space for people to enjoy.

“Not only will this investment improve the pond, but it will save us money in the long run by making it easier and more cost effective to maintain in the coming years.”

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for the environment at the council, said:

“To bring the pond back to life we plan to cut back the tree canopy that has grown over it, bringing in some much-needed light, and dredge the water to remove any excessive debris such as fallen leaves and organic deposits that can create bad water quality.

“Once complete, we’ll have a lovely clean pond in a bright spot with new benches so people can enjoy the space.

“Work will begin in September so that we don’t disturb breeding birds, with the aim to be finished in November.”