Wildlife haven hit by Mu­si­cians hope gala will strike right chord fly-tipped rub­bish

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

MU­SI­CIANS with Peter­bor­ough Opera will be serv­ing up a mu­si­cal treat for city folk. The group is host­ing an Opera Gala at St John’s Church, in Cathe­dral Square, in Peter­bor­ough, on June 16 at 7.30pm. Tick­ets for the event cost £10 (which in­cludes a glass of wine dur­ing the in­ter­val). Ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren un­der 16 free. Tick­ets are avail­able on the door or at the Vis­i­tor Des­ti­na­tion Cen­tre, in Bridge Street, 01733 452336 or the Keythe­atre Box of­fice 01733 207239. LIT­TER louts ru­ined a na­ture spot with their rub­bish but a 78-year-old has been hard at work clear­ing it up.

Mick Rus­sell, of Bard­ney, Or­ton Gold­hay has been main­tain­ing the pond at the top of Cherry Or­ton Road for about 30 years.

But af­ter a brief pe­riod away, he re­turned hor­ri­fied to find it was full of de­bris in­clud­ing items like plas­tic bot­tles and lumps of wood.

He said: “It is a real amenity for the area. There are lots of wildlife like frogs, birds and in­sects liv­ing in the pond.

“Work­men were here while I was away to pol­lard the wil­low but left a load of wood by the side of the pond.

“Un­for­tu­nately that in­vari­ably gets chucked in the pond. That was all there along with two great big car tyres and a load of plas­tic bot­tles.

“It can get a bit de­press­ing when you have an at­trac­tive site like this and peo­ple keep throw­ing in rub­bish.”

Mr Rus­sell has been a vol­un­teer for Or­ton Water­ville Parish Coun­cil for about 30 years. LAND HOB­SON.

In that time he has kept the pond clean and tidy but now feels some­thing needs to be done for a more per­ma­nent so­lu­tion.

He says it can take days for En­ter­prise Peter­bor­ough to clear rub­bish away mean­ing it is of­ten put straight back in. He also fears for the safety of the chil­dren who play in the area.

Mr Rus­sell said: “I’m get­ting a bit old to be clam­ber­ing around in a pond. Some of the stuff is get­ting a bit heavy for me.

“And there are a lot of young chil-

(METP-16-05-12RH107) dren play­ing. I think we need to put up some sort of bar­rier be­cause it is quite deep water.”

He is meet­ing the parish coun­cil and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s wildlife of­fi­cer next week to dis­cuss the is­sue.

mess: Mick Rus­sell says van­dals and fly-tip­pers are ru­in­ing the pond for ev­ery­one.

Picture: ROW-

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