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JCB digs in for pond project

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 29, 2013

Work begins on clearing the village pond

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WORK has started to bring a village pond back to its original condition – with the help of JCB.

Cauldon Lowe and Cotton Community Group has organised the redevelopment of the pond off Main Road, Cauldon Lowe, opposite to Moorfields Close.

However the work will have to be done in two stages to ensure that the wildlife in the area is protected.

One of the group’s members, Alison Bradbury, said: “We have already started our campaign for the Best Kept Village 2014 by beginning the re-development of the local pond.

“David Smith from JCB's test facility, and supervisor from Wardlow Quarry, along with his team have overseen the excavation of half of the pond, after consulting their Environment Department, and also having advice from The Pond Conservation Group.

“We were advised just to excavate only half of the pond in the work, which will be completed over two phases. This is to ensure that the wildlife remained safe.

“The second half of the project will be completed early in the new year when the pond has had the chance to re-establish itself.”

Mr Smith said: “Wardlow Quarry are always happy to help local communities and we enjoy working together whenever possible.

“We are now very much looking forward to seeing the project through to the end.” Once the pond has been dug out more wildlife boxes are to be places around the area.

Also the group of volunteers are looking to have benches situated in the surrounding land where people can sit and relax.

Mrs Bradbury added: “Cauldon Lowe and Cotton Community Group would like to say a huge thank you for all the hard work and effort that David and his team put in on a very wet Saturday morning.

“Also a big thank you to Terry Sellers for helping to remove and transport debris and for Tony Wain for organising the morning."

The Cauldon Lowe and Cotton Community Group are now looking to stage some fund-raising events which will enable more projects to take place.

On Wednesday November 20 at 7pm a shopping night is to be held at the Cross Inn at Cauldon Lowe.

The parish council is also looking at erecting a War Memorial on the Millennium Gardens.

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