Horsepond Restoration Project
Horsepond, one of the main historical features of Castle Cary is in need
of restoration to return it to its former glory. A group of volunteers
have been maintaining the pond for many years, keeping the weed at
bay but not able to do much more besides that.
In April 2019 we started an appeal, The Horsepond Restoration Project and
through donations and crowd funding we were able to raise over £7,000 to
enable us to restore the pond to its former glory.
Phase 1 was completed on schedule in August 2019
with the substantial planting out of the pond by The Dorset Lilly Company.
Despite the challenges of 2020, we have now been able to
commence phase 2
See project update below for more information.
2 of the restoration begins...
Update June 2020
A massive thank you to Julian Shave
Three Counties Landscaping for providing all the plants and labour free of
charge to help us with phase 2 of the project. We have now been able to plant
out the entire length of the rear wall of the Horsepond.
Julian has put a lot of thought into the planting so that there will be colour
in both the spring and summer as well as evergreen leaves throughout the year.
The plants have also been chosen to attract insects and butterflies. Monarda,
lavender, chrysanthemums, Skimmias, Narcissi and Rosemary amongst the
selection of plants planted.
The majority of the plants planted in August have over wintered well and are
beginning to show. Some have grown very well, so much so, that we
have been able to divide them up already to fill up more of the pond.
We are currently exploring adding a fountain as an additional feature but also
as a means of further oxygenating the water. Originally there used to be a
fountain dating back to 1897 which was removed at some point in the 20th
century. Rumour has it that it is still around somewhere in Cary or Ansford in
somebody's garden. It would be great to discover if this is in fact the case.
are also working on a solution to enable us to stock the pond with some fish and
who knows some ducks?
Thank you once again to everyone who is supporting the project.
The Horsepond Restoration Project Volunteers.
Update May 2020
The project got off to a great start
in 2019 and by August phase 1 of the planting had
already been completed. The volunteers continued with the upkeep of
the Horsepond over winter and then like everyone else were hit by Covid-19
in early spring, which put a stop to the project.
However, since the easing of the lockdown restrictions, we have been able
to get back into the pond to get on with the project.
The quality of the water has improved dramatically over the past 6 months
and we have seen an increase in the flow which has
helped to reduce the build up of blanket weed. The majority of the
plants have taken well, so much so, that we have been able to divide
and re-pot to increase the number of plants in the pond.
We have been experimenting with the use of sacks of barley straw in
several parts of the pond. It is supposed to inhibit the growth
of blanket weed. Perhaps this is why the pond is that much cleaner but we
can only surmise that this is the reason why.
To the rear of the pond is a retaining wall. We have sunk several
planting containers along the entire length of the wall into which we
will be planting a flowers which we hope will attract wildlife as
well as giving a display of colour throughout the summer.
A special thanks goes to Martin Haskett Agricultural Contractors for
supplying us with all the topsoil and to John Churchouse for supplying the