If you get any photographs of the dredging team at work, send them to us and we'll include them if possible.
9th May 2014
Fleet Pond Aquatic Plant Nursery
23rd March 2014
Loading silt to take it away
A first for the Clearwater Project as we've managed to find someone to take some of the silt offsite, rather than returning it to the Pond as islands.
These photos show Keltbray offloading a barge of silt and putting it into their lorries to take it away.
28th November 2013
Dredger Return to Fleet Pond
The dredging equipment will soon return to Fleet Pond to begin the next phase of the ongoing Restoration Project. This phase is funded by the Environment Agency’s ‘Water Framework Directive’ and Natural England’s ‘Conservation & Enhancement Scheme’.
This season’s main dredging work will take place in Hemelite Bay, the area nearest to the railway station. The resulting silt will be used to create extensions to the Wellington and Northern Reedbeds (marked on the map), which will then be planted up with reeds.
Sediment will hopefully be taken offsite during this phase; we are awaiting lab results to help confirm where this might be.
Cressida Wheelwright, Natural England’s Land Management Lead Adviser says: “This innovative project will remove the silt that has built up over years in Fleet Pond, improving water quality and as a result creating a better environment for rare plant and animal species to thrive.”
A sediment curtain will be installed in Brookly Bay to reduce the amount of silt washing down the Brookly Stream and entering the pond. This will contain the silt in a small area near the shore allowing future dredging to take place from the shore eliminating the need to carry out expensive in-lake dredging from pontoons.
The Pond has benefited hugely from the work already done. Cllr Sara Kinnell, Hart District Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Environmental Promotions says:
“This is an exciting time; the new islands have provided a great breeding habitat for birds at Fleet Pond and marshland plants and reeds have started to grow on the new islands”.
The Fleet Pond Restoration Project is an award winning, £1 million project to improve the water quality, led by Hart District Council in partnership with the Fleet Pond Society, Natural England, the Environment Agency & the Ministry of Defence.
Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society says:
“We hope that in this season we can start planting reeds on the new eastern islands to bring more benefits to our wildlife diversity.”
26th March 2013
Dredging of Sandy Bay
Dredging work to deepen Sandy Bay has provided an opportunity to widen the open beach area for visitors to enjoy. Dredged sand will be spread over the areas that have been cleared of bramble by volunteers, to give a wider beach which will have a slight gradient to allow rainfall to run off into Fleet Pond.
Once the silt has been smoothed off and settled the objective is to provide more seating and a smoother access track from the boardwalk to the seats for mobility aids (e.g. chairs) and child carriers.
Some of the extracted silt will be used to repair the erosion in the main access track beside the boardwalk.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the need to close the beach area while the work is being done.
Funds for these works have been provided by Fleet Pond Society’s Clearwater Campaign.
14th March 2013
Boathouse Corner changes.
It has been necessary to provide access to Fleet Pond for heavy machinery for dredging of the lake and for dumper trucks to move extracted silt, once it has dried, for a heathland restoration programme adjacent to Bramshott Heath.
Visitors will have seen the wide gravel track laid parallel to the railway line and a wide jetty at Boathouse Corner.
Sadly this required demolition of a fishing jetty and removal of the recently installed History Board.
An elite team of Last of the Summer Wine volunteers has now put the History Board back at Boathouse Corner, out of danger from the dredgers and trucks.
On a very wet Friday the team dug two new holes and cemented the board in its new position.
In order to tidy the area which has become rather an eyesore as a result of the jetty construction works, the LSW team has ambitions to clear and level the area behind the History Board and install two new benches. Fishermen who have not been able to fish from this corner while dredging operations were underway, should be able to fish from the new, wide jetty this summer.
14th March 2013
Sandy Bay enhancement Project.
On Sunday 10th March Fleet Pond Society volunteers completed the task of clearing an area of bramble on Sandy Bay beach.
A team from Johns Associates Ltd had started this task on the previous Tuesday working with FPS volunteers.
The Restoration Programme for Fleet Pond includes dredging of a high volume of mainly sand silt deposited in the bay by the Gelvert Stream.
The opportunity has been taken to use this sand to expand the open beach area by spreading extracted silt over a wider area.
This will provide space for some additional seats to be installed at this very popular part of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.
More of the sand will be used to fill some of the large, water-filled holes in the access track to Sandy Bay from Coldstream Glade.
Using the silt in this way avoids the high expense, disturbance and potential damage to footpaths of moving silt off site.
Once the newly spread sand has settled, plans include a firmer surfaced path from the boardwalk to the seats to make a more comfortable access for visitors using mobility aids.
12th February 2013
A video on the work going on at Fleet Pond (amongst other things).
5th December 2012
The contractors have started work on the two large temporary islands in Brookly Bay. Once built, these islands will be used to store further extracted silt until it dries sufficiently to be removed by barge to Boathouse Corner and then transported to Bramshot Wood for use in a heathland restoration project. The extensive silt dredging in Brookly Bay will stir up a lot of methane and other unpleasant smelling gases which have been forming in the rotting vegetation that makes up most of the silt in Brookly Bay. These are harmless but will create unpleasant smells for visitors. The prevailing westerly wind should ensure most of this smell will be carried away across the Pond but an easterly or south-easterly wind could carry these smells over residents in Brookly Gardens, Avondale Road and adjacent roads. Warning notices and leaflets for local residents are being prepared.
The stakeholders in the Fleet Pond Restoration Programme (Hart District Council, Fleet Pond Society, Natural England and the Environment Agency) would like to apologise to local residents for any unpleasantness they suffer over the next month or two while the silt is dredged and left to dry.
Temporary Islands under construction in Brookly Bay.
7th June 2012
This shot is from the June Newsletter and shows that Phase 1 of the dredging is complete (remarkably it was taken on a day when the sun was out!)
Phase 1 completed - One of the islands that have been created.
10th March 2012
27th February 2012
Caroline Colegate took these two shot of the workers on and around the pond.
As you can see there is significant progress on the artificial island they are building already.
3 men in a boat!
Diggers move in at Sandy Bay
27th February 2012
Some early shots of the dredging team at work, from Mandy Saxby
Digger on the barge, ready for work
On the pond
Let dredging commence!
We're 'reliably' informed this is the Tea Boy!
25th February 2012
On Saturday, 25th February 2012, the first phase of dredging commenced.
The equipment was delivered to Fleet Station and craned into position on the Pond.
Michelle Salter provided these images.
Tug is lifted into place
Digger is lifted into place
Boarding the barge
Digger on the pond
Imagine Fleet without a Pond?