Plans under way to clear out Canford Park pond

October 27 2020

The fallen fruit, plant debris and rubbish building up in the ornamental pond will be cleared before winter sets in

The fallen fruit, plant debris and rubbish building up in the ornamental pond will be cleared before winter sets in

by Keri Beckingham

 A GROUP of volunteers are set to clear out Canford Park pond.
 Concerns were raised about the amount of rubbish building up in the ornamental pond by members of the local community.
 Hilary Long, Chair of the Westbury-on-Trym Society (WoTSoc) raised the issue with Ella Hogg, Volunteer Coordinator Bristol Parks for Bristol City Council.
Hilary said: “On the general matter of maintenance in the park, despite the diktats from our Mayor and attempts to comply by the council’s Parks department (that in the future parks city-wide would have to be maintained by 'volunteers'), there are also conditions and restrictions on what can be done or what they expect and when!
“Ella came back to me straight away to say she would get her team of 'conservation volunteers' onto the job of clearance and welcomed the opportunity to give them a positive task. I gather from her that they are a young team of volunteers who she uses for various tasks around the city area.”
Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Councillor Geoff Gollop added: “I have had confirmation from the Parks Manager that it will be dealt with, but that it is also a repeated problem that they are having to deal with.”
Speaking to The Voice, Ella Hogg said: “Bristol Parks staff recently met with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) leader, Rob, on site at Canford Park to plan restoration work to the pond in the sunken garden. As well as clearing out the pond, the group of TCV volunteers will work alongside our grounds team to work on the herbaceous beds and roses prior to winter.
“It follows a request from the local community, Hilary Long of WoTSoc, to improve the pond in the park. We’re really pleased to be working as a Parks Service together with TCV to get this work done and hope it leads to further positive partnership projects in Canford Park. The work is planned for November 18 in the park, with volunteers from TCV being guided by our local parks operative, Andy.”