Wildlife Trust wins grant to redig marsh ponds

East Keswick Wildlife Trust has been awarded a Community Landfill Tax Grant. The grant is specifically for conservation work in East Keswick Marsh, which is managed by the Wildlife Trust on behalf of the owners, East Keswick Parish Council.

The grant will enable the Wildlife Trust to re-dig the three ponds which have silted up, remove some alder trees, coppice the hazel and cut back scrub which has encroached into the open flowering areas of the Marsh over the past 20 years. Some of the non native trees and shrubs that were planted by the builders on completion of Church Drive and Keswick Grange will also be removed and replaced with native species which will be more beneficial for wildlife. Although some of this work may at first appear rather destructive, it will ultimately benefit wildlife and improve public access.

The work will be carried out over the next few months, mainly during the popular Friday work parties. Anyone who would like to help should call Melanie Smith on 01937 574140 for further information.