SINNG volunteers have been working hard in the community again. They have been continuing the incredible work of Newquay residents to maintain the clean, tidy and most importantly invasive-free nature of the local pond. Animal Management students from Cornwall College Newquay have also joined in and the results are worth all the effort.
The pond at Treloggan Doorstep Green is the focus of an ongoing project which involved total excavation of what had become a silted up pond, unable to maintain a constant level of water. Local groundwork businessman Ethan Dingley kindly aided the volunteers and supplied the digger to restore the pond.
The volunteers also helped remove rubbish from around the site, including tons of fly tipped rubbish in the stream which feeds the pond. They also took care of cutting back overgrown shrubs and dense undergrowth, allowing water to flow freely into the pond. By creating two smaller ponds from the original large pond it is hoped that a greater diversity of plants and aquatic fauna will return as the pond and marsh areas begin to flourish again.
The pond is an example of an ecosystem thriving with native flora and fauna. Unfortunately, many invasive species are easily transported between habitats and once present in an area such as Treloggan pond it can be easy for these species to grow and take over. Invasive pond weeds can dominate a pond reducing biodiversity and overcrowding native species. This pond will be used as a flagship to demonstrate just how beautiful native plants can be with yellow iris and water forget-me-knot already flourishing since the restoration.
Thanks to the efforts of Tristan, Nigel and their team Treloggan pond has been transformed into a focal point at the Doorstep Green. A scenic, restful haven for residents and visitors to enjoy.
In recognition of their work in the local community SINNG was recently nominated for an award. Project Coordinator, Nicola Morris, commented “all SINNG volunteers should be hugely proud of the nomination which is a testament to their hard work and that of all the residents at Treloggan. These collaborative projects are a great example of how our students help wildlife but also shows true to commitment to and appreciation of the community they live in.”