One of the recent reports (in late 2008) by Elmbridge states the following
Four areas have undergone restoration works this year; a block around Black Pond, a block to the east of Black pond stretching to the newly restored area cleared in the first year, together with expanding existing areas to the south of the A3 and around Oxshott Bog. (6.5 ha, 16.1 acres in total)I hadn't been to Black Pond since last autumn - only a couple of months ago it seems. On Monday of this week I went there - I was horrified at the bare open areas around the Black Pond area which had been heavily wooded so recently.
The main thinking behind this clearing debacle is to let the ground return to heathland - to allow heather to grow back - to allow boggy areas to redevelop and attract wildlife. My question is: what about the wildlife that depended on the heavily wooded areas and the trees for the normal life?
I spoke to two or three people on my walk - they, like me, were very saddened at so much clearance and without any plan of replanting. The Council, in their Countryside booklet, have added that the clearance of the trees will allow folks to enjoy the "views". Are these cleared areas what you would describe as a "view" to be enjoyed? I wouldn't!!!
This is what I found..,..,
Ferns growing in a rivulet running through the trees. No shade from the trees = no ferns!
One of the paths between the trees which give shade in the summer, structure in the winter and creates lovely long vistas along the pathways!
This is an area to one side of the pathway from the main road to Black Pond. It used to be a thick wood. I imagine that this is one of the areas to be returned to bog land.
Here you can see (on the right) the pathway to Black Pond. This used to run between wooded areas - it's now open on both sides.
Ice on one of the ponds.
and Black Pond itself. Note the tree line around the pond - how long will that remain?
This is rather strange - a row of about half a dozen trees has been left in the middle. Perhaps they've had a stay of execution.
If you enlarge this picture you'll notice all of the three trunks is marked in red. Does this mean it will stay? or go? I'll find out in due course.