Butts Close is blooming

EVERYTHING is blooming at Butts Close in Hitchin. It is being given a thorough spring makeover by North Herts District Council. Work started last week to transform the pond from a characterless hole in the ground to a wildlife haven. Shallow edges will be

EVERYTHING is blooming at Butts Close in Hitchin.

It is being given a thorough spring makeover by North Herts District Council.

Work started last week to transform the pond from a characterless hole in the ground to a wildlife haven.

Shallow edges will be created with new planting, featuring attractive species such as water mint and marsh marigold, while grass around the pond will be allowed to grow longer in the summer.

It will be cut and collected annually in the same way as a traditional hay meadow although pathways will still be mown.

A new reed bed filter will improve water quality and native trees and shrubs will be planted later in the year.

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Work had already started, under the supervision of the Countryside Management Service. Two of the three willows have been pollarded. This traditional technique will produce vigorous new growth and extend the life of the trees.

The third willow, a large weeping variety, had its crown reduced and reshaped to cut down on the shade it casts over the water and the number of leaves that fall.

The work has been funded by the council and the Landfill Community Fund through Groundwork Hertfordshire. The Countryside Management Service is part of Herts County Council, supported by most of the district and borough councils in the county.

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