Volunteering with the Norfolk Ponds Project

Pond restorations can be carried out with just one or two contractors; one typically using a chainsaw to remove the scrub and one digger driver to remove the organic leaf litter that has built up over time in the pond basin.

However, over the past eight years of undertaken pond restorations we have always had volunteers to help us remove the brash and scrub surrounding (and sometimes even inside!) the pond.

Our fantastic team of volunteers, joyous after a productive days toil!

Why do we involve volunteers?

There are many great reasons to involve volunteers in a pond restoration:

  1. Many hands make light, and also tidy work! With many volunteers we can carefully remove just scrub to let the light in, whilst keeping important sapling tree species.
  2. With volunteers we can neatly separate out the twigs and brambles into one pile and create hibernacula piles for amphibians with larger logs.
  3. Volunteers involved in a pond restoration get to reconnect with the farmland landscape, in the same way that local villagers would have celebrated the original marl-pit excavations in days gone by.
  4. Undertaking the hard physical activity during a restoration is restorative for both the mind and soul. Carrying out the work as a team feels wonderful and we feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the day.

Want to get involved?

If you are keen to give one day of your time to volunteer on a pond restoration in the Autumn, or you would like to help in other ways, please email norfolkponds@gmail.com

Our project is managed on a voluntary basis and therefore there may be a slight delay in replying to you.