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The second phase of work to enhance the Swanland Pond in Swanland village, has now been completed thanks to a grant from the St. Modwen Environmental Trust. The work includes the creation of a marshy area for greater bio-diversity designed to encourage more wildlife. This complements previous activity to restore the pond, which included the construction of gabion baskets and the planting of reeds, rushes and iris to improve the water quality. 

Further improvement work is planned including work to repair part of the pond wall to help maintain a stable water level and the construction of a “dipping platform” for use by local schools and members of the public. The St. Modwen Environmental Trust has committed £17,000 of grants to the Swanland Pond Partnership for the improvement work. 

Richard Bannister, Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “St. Modwen operates across the East Riding area and we are keen to support projects and communities close to where we work and which seek to improve their local environment. It is great to work with the Swanland Pond Partnership. They are a motivated group of people, who are organised, focussed and determined to deliver something positive for their local community.”

The Swanland Pond Partnership said: “The community pond is a living reminder of the village’s past and of a reclaimed wildlife pond for the future. We are grateful to the St. Modwen Environmental Trust for providing us with the opportunity to improve the pond further and look forward to completion of the outstanding grant funded items in the very near future.”

The St. Modwen Environmental Trust has been established to provide support to the communities in which the company operates by offering grants to groups seeking to improve their local environment.