Work starts to restore pond

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Volunteers from Maun Conservation Group have been rolling up their sleeves as work begins to restore a Mansfield pond.

They have been helping to cut back and remove vegetation on the site at the Quarry Lane local nature reserve.

An excavation of the pond will follow, allowing the depth to be increased and dipping platforms extended. A path will also be created.

Known as the Upper Maun Project, it will attract a greater variety of wildlife to the area and improve the conditions for water voles.

It will also make the area safe and accessible for all, including children and those with disabilities.

Funding for the £15,438 project has come Mansfield District Council, SDC Trailers, donations and funding from the Veolia Environmental Trust and Environment Agency.

Chairman of the Maun Conservation Group, Colin Etches, said: “The project will improve habitats and enhance community engagement.”