Pond dipping area is officially opened at Manea

PUBLISHED: 10:22 27 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:22 27 July 2015

Manea pit,Pond dipping area officially opened. Picture: Steve Williams.

Manea pit,Pond dipping area officially opened. Picture: Steve Williams.

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The seasonal changes of nature and wildlife are being brought to children at Manea thanks to a pond dipping area.

The pond is near to the old pavillion in Park Road which is being used as an outdoor classroom for youngsters to learn about wildlife.

Steve Emery, parish council chairman, said: “If they start going down to the pit and becoming enthusiastic about nature now then it will build a lifelong love of wildlife which means they not only respect the area but also hopefully will want to get involved with preservation in alter years.

“The idea is to give children the chance to go down to the pit during each season to monitor and log the changes using the old pavilion as a classroom. “We are hoping once the new pavilion is built that we can make some improvements to the old pavilion and are already in discussion with the school bout what they would like to see.”

The pond was built by Matthew Hall, of Morton and Hall Associates, who helped design it and includes five information boards.

Manea pit,Pond dipping area officially opened by Mark Hall who helped design it.Picture: Steve Williams. Manea pit,Pond dipping area officially opened by Mark Hall who helped design it.Picture: Steve Williams.

It was built with a £9,000 grant from the Ouse Washes Partnership.

The pond was officially opened at the weekend when there were a host of activities on the playing field.

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