We bought Tanglewood (named after the mass of brambles etc that greeted us on our first visit) in October 2001. We started work on the first pond (round pond) in June 2002 and planted our first 200 trees, willow and poplar. The second pond (bridge pond) commenced in 2003 with a further 200 mixed alder trees. The third pond (kingfisher pond) was finished in 2004 with each successive year numerous trees, shrubs and plants have been planted too many to count or remember.
The pond area has attracted many birds i.e. Mallards, Canadian geese, Moorhens, Coots, Kingfisher, Heron, and Swallows and Martins who enjoy swooping across the ponds for a drink. Plus the water life insects and amphibians, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Frogs, Toads, Newts, Lizards. Our most recent sighting is of an egret. Whereas within the woodland area Jays, Buzzards, Rooks, Snipe, Woodpecker and Owls have been observed including all the usual wild birds. There is evidence of badger sets, rabbits and squirrels have been seen and sadly we have found evidence of foxes leaving feathers after a meal of duck.
We looked on the wood as a Ten-year project, but it seems to have taken over our lives. We hope it continues for many more years. Our present project is pond number four,(golden pond) dug in August 2013, which should be full and planted by May 2014.
We have also for the past 6 years opened the wilden once a year for 2 days to raise money for charity, this venture has surpassed itself year by year with more people coming and enjoying themselves.
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