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Chance to help clean out ancient pond on outskirts of town

PUBLISHED: 13:56 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:17 26 September 2018

Bluebell Pond Society's George Blackburn checks his net for newts, frogs and fish. Photo: Karen Bethell

Bluebell Pond Society's George Blackburn checks his net for newts, frogs and fish. Photo: Karen Bethell

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A community nature group is inviting volunteers to help clean out a town pond and surrounding area in North Walsham.

Members of the Bluebell Pond Society look after the area of water off Bacton Road and spokesman George Blackburn said: “If you would like to come along and help we would love to see you.

“Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you could bring a wheelbarrow, a fork and rake that would be great. If not, just come along anyway, bring some friends.”

The pond dates back to the 1600s and was used by people transporting cattle from the Midlands as a watering shed for animals.

It dried up after new homes were built on the edge of the town in 1987 and the hole ended up being used as a rubbish tip. The society was formed in 1990

The clean out is from 10am on Sunday, October 7.

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