Weʼve raised £190 to help the Norfolk Ponds Project #Big50
- Funded on Friday, 27th September 2019
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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: https://norfolkpondsbig50.org/
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 :)
- 10 months ago
Polly-Anna Ashford10 months 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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Sep 17, 2019
Great to meet you at the BBQ and well done on your 100 miles.
Sep 13, 2019
Great work Polly, well done! What next?!
Sep 9, 2019
Great idea. Thanks for your strenuous efforts for this project. Good luck! Steve
Sep 7, 2019
Sep 6, 2019
Go Pond Polly!!!!
Sep 6, 2019
Supporting ponds from across the pond! This American wishes you the best of luck — and happy cycling.
Sep 4, 2019
Nice idea! Good luck with the cycling
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