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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Volunteers keep Iremongers Pond in Wilford in top condition

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Iremongers Pond is a small fishing pond at the northern edge of Wilford Village, surrounded by a variety of trees and shrubs. Though the site is owned by Nottingham City Council, it is managed by a small group of volunteers called the Iremongers Pond Association (IPA).

In recent years, thanks to the generous funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, we have radically improved the site by widening and top dressing the paths which surround the Pond, refurbishing the fishing pegs, clearing a large patch of undergrowth and planting a Community orchard of 40+ fruit trees, all of which are now bearing fruit. The trees were all bought through sponsorship by the local people.

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We are delighted to announce that we have been promised some further funding from the East Midlands Airport Community Fund which has helped us purchase a ride-on mower. This enables our volunteers to keep the grass in the orchard and around the site in good order, taking two hours rather than the ten it used to take.

Additionally, we have been promised funding from the 106 Fund of NCC with which we plan to buy anti vandal benches and a picnic table plus other equipment to help us keep this lovely site in good order; to improve facilities for fishing, and to open it more even more for community enjoyment.

This weekend, following a plea on our FaceBook page, we have been given three trailer loads of rocks and pebbles which has enabled to repair one of the largest fishing pegs. For this type of work we depend entirely on funding and donations and the goodwill of the local community, and the hard work of the volunteers forming the IPA.

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