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raised of £200 target by 12 supporters

    Weʼve raised £190 to help the Norfolk Ponds Project #Big50

    Funded on Friday, 27th September 2019

    Don't have time to donate right now?


    The Norfolk Ponds Project is a hugely enthusiastic, dedicated team of researchers and volunteers who are restoring 50 farm ponds this year.

    What's a farm pond and why should I care?

    Norfolk's ponds were originally dug as clay or marl (lime) pits, and there are thousands of them. Unfortunately many have become overgrown or filled in. Healthy farm ponds are fantastic for biodiversity, supporting a range of species from aquatic plants and invertebrates to pollinators and farmland birds. You can find out more here:

    What you are raising cash for?

    Each pond takes about a day to restore (removing vegetation, sediment etc, and surveying). Much of this work is carried out by volunteers and students. I'd encourage people to support the project in any way possible, but specifically for this year's #Big50 restoration, I'd like to raise a bit of cash to pay for special chainsaw fuel, which contains less harmful hydrocarbons than regular petrol. The exhaust fumes are much cleaner so the health risks are dramatically reduced, and it is more environmentally friendly. I've also got a vested interest here, as my partner Andy will be doing a lot of chainsawing!

    How much is Polly going to suffer for my cash?

    I will be cycling a route around Norfolk that takes in a minimum of 50 ponds in one day, which will mean approximately 100 miles. I'll stop at each pond to photograph it as proof (@DrPollyAshford on Twitter), and to show the different sizes/shapes/states of Norfolk's ponds. I will be very surprised if I'm on the bike for less than 12 hours, and I've never cycled this far in one go before, so yes, suffering is guaranteed!

    Please encourage me not to regret this madness by pledging a bit of money :)



    • Polly-Anna Ashford4 years ago
      Polly-Anna Ashford

      Polly-Anna Ashford

      4 years ago

      Thank you so much everyone for supporting me and the NPP. It turned out that finding 50 ponds in the Norfolk countryside wasn't too difficult, but the 101 miles was quite tough! The Ponds gang are making great progress this week, restoring some huge ponds in North Norfolk (you might have seen them on Look East last night!), and they've been getting through a lot of chainsaw fuel, so your contributions are very gratefully received. Polly x

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    • Pamela Greaves

      Pamela Greaves

      Sep 17, 2019

      Great to meet you at the BBQ and well done on your 100 miles.


    • Susan Stirling

      Susan Stirling

      Sep 13, 2019

      Great work Polly, well done! What next?!


    • Anonymous


      Sep 9, 2019

      Great idea. Thanks for your strenuous efforts for this project. Good luck! Steve

    • Anonymous


      Sep 7, 2019

    • Carl Sayer

      Carl Sayer

      Sep 6, 2019

      Go Pond Polly!!!!

    • Geneva


      Sep 6, 2019

      Supporting ponds from across the pond! This American wishes you the best of luck — and happy cycling.


    • Rachel Henderson

      Rachel Henderson

      Sep 4, 2019

      Nice idea! Good luck with the cycling


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