Restoration of The Old Reservoir, Ross-on-Wye

This old reservoir pond, owned by Welsh Water and situated next to the Town and Country Trail, has clear water and fluctuating water levels, with a broad succession of marginal vegetation, including lots of water mint. However, willow saplings were encroaching on the marsh and pollarded willows on the periphery had grown back. Management work here attempted to reduce the impact of the willows.

Planning required close coordination with a number of departments at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Public consultation included a display in the local Heritage Centre for a week with the project officer in attendance on two occasions, and an awareness-raising bat walk. There was an article in a local newspaper, and the project officer took the opportunity when visiting the site to chat with people on the Town and Country Trail. This latter approach was welcomed and effective and indicated that people had heard something about the restoration plans. Ensuring that site visitors parked in an acceptable place alleviated parking worries.

Treework was undertaken by the contractor in November, and was followed by a morning with volunteers picking up willow twigs to stop them growing. Positive comments were received from dog walkers passing by who had watched the on-going work.