£14,000 will pay for work on ponds

Holywell Island extension.
Holywell Island extension.

A WILDLIFE charity is now planning to continue improvement works at three nature reserves in south east Northumberland after landing a cash boost of £14,000.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has been given £5,000 by the Energy Agency and £9,000 by Northumberland County Council’s infrastructure fund to start conservation work at East Cramlington Pond, Newsham Pond and Holywell Pond.

At Holywell Pond, volunteers have already taken steps to protect and extend the island, suffering from erosion on one side, using recycled plastic materials, several tonnes of stone and topped-off with weed membrane and pea gravel.

At Newsham Pond, willow trees have been cut back to allow more light into the pond, creating a better habitat for wildlife.

And at East Cramlington Pond, several non-native trees have been removed and a number of willows cut back to create improved nesting for birds and better conditions for pond life.