New ponds planned for Central Park

    The area is set to be transformed in early spring next year

    A damp and flood-prone part of Central Park is going to be turned in to a new ‘wetland’ complex.                                                

    A network of ponds and natural surface run-offs are planned for the area near the pond at the Barn Park Road entrance. 

    The aim is to turn the corner into a home for wildlife as well somewhere for people to stop at.

    Planning permission has been granted for the scheme which will see two new ponds created, the old pond cleared of dank and dreary vegetation and new plants brought in.  

    The scheme intends to use nature to help reduce localised flooding by digging a swale - a shallow ditch to capture water run-off.  There will also be repairs to drains and paths.

    A new wildflower meadow is also planned for the old Reservoir Field, while the sports pitches to the north west of Barn Park entrance will also benefit from drainage improvements, so they can be used all year round.

    The project will start in early spring 2021 with the aim of completion by summer 2021.

    It will be delivered as part of the Green Minds project led by Plymouth City Council, with support from community volunteers, Devon Wildlife Trust, University of Plymouth and Plymouth College of Arts.

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