Oak Hill Park Duck Pond 2012
The lead on this project was Woodnook Residents Association, Oakhill duck pond was a 100 year old formal duck pond situated in Oakhill Park Accrington. Although a popular feature it had fallen into disrepair, after a considerable about of consultation it was determined that residents wanted the site to be refurbished but in a way which would allow greater community access and create an opportunity for educational use.
A design was then created with the Help of Hyndburn Parks Team and children from Woodnook Primary School.
Woodnook residents then set about trying to secure the money needed to deliver the project.
Funding was awarded by Big Lottery –Community Spaces Fund
and Co-op fund.
The site was closed for several weeks whilst work was undertaken by Wade Construction on behalf of the group.
A new bird table was constructed for the site by Sandy Lane Gardening group
The new design incorporated the creation of habitats for dragonflies / damselflies, bog plant area with wildflower and traditional English shrubs which would provide food for bees and butterflies. The pond was planted with water lilies and floating pond plants.
The fencing was redesigned with holes and a dipping platform which allows the children to feed the new residents Mandarins, Carolina's and Wigeon ducks.
This was finished with the reinstatement of a fountain which used to be on the pond.
As part of the project, pond dipping equipment and Bug Hunting Entomology kits are available for schools visits. Please contact Shirley Parkinson at Hyndburn Parks if you are interested in using this equipment on a visit to the park.