About the project

The Pooling Together – Reviving the Wetland Landscape Project is a collaboration between Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT) and Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (HART) which started in June 2015 and will conclude early in 2017.

The project has restored 21 ponds within the Bromyard Downs, National Trust’s Brockhampton Estate and Bringsty Common landscape. In the last 100 years over 70% of ponds in this area have been lost due to neglect, changes in farming and natural succession. By restoring these ponds, a network of wetland habitats has been created that will encourage the movement of wildlife.

In addition to pond restoration and habitat creation, we have created an educational shelter and dipping platform at The Grove on the National Trust's Brockhampton Estate, and welcome local community groups, local schools and walkers to use this free facility. Pond dipping equipment is available to hire from the National Trust Brockhampton Estate.

Representatives from the the National Trust, Bromyard Downs Commoners Association (BDCA) and Bringsty Common Manorial Court have also played a significant part in the project.


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How has the project been funded?

Funding has gratefully been received from Heritage Lottery Fund, BIFFA Award and Welcome to Our Future. An exit strategy has been produced to ensure the sites that have been restored will be managed and maintained into the future.