Vil­lage pond is brought back to life

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roundabout -

Vil­lagers cel­e­brated sev­eral months of vol­un­teer­ing to re­store their his­toric pond. Michael Hinch­cliffe and oth­ers have worked to give the pond, off Church Road in Smeeth a new lease of life, putting in new rail­ings, cut­ting back fo­liage and clear­ing the foot­paths. He said: “We have a hard­core group of six vol­un­teers, but some­times as many as 10 peo­ple have helped. “Last sum­mer we cleared out all of the rub­bish from the wa­ter on both sides of the road. The pond has been here for cen­turies, but it had started to look spoiled. We have given up Satur­days over the last two to three months to re­fur­bish it.”

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4839473

Vol­un­teers help bring the pond back to its orig­i­nal state

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