Village Pond & Green
In the centre of Buckland is ‘Buckland Village Green’, a registered village green that includes a pond. Buckland Parish Council maintains Buckland Village Green as an area for recreation for the benefit of people living locally.
In 2011 Council adopted a 5 year management plan for the village pond, prepared by Surrey County Council’s Biodiversity Lead for Open Standing Water Habitats (“2011 Plan”). The 2011 Plan included recommendations relating to grass cutting and, the terms of a 5 year contract, that commenced with the 2015 growing season, are consistent with those recommendations.
In 2016, when a new 5 year plan, for the period 2016 – 2021 was similarly prepared and adopted, the scope was extended to include management of Buckland’s Pond and Village Green (“2016 Plan”). Council reviews a Pond and Green Action Plan, comprising an extract of the actions listed in the 2016 Plan with a status update against each action at least once annually. This listing informs the agreed tasks to be undertaken at the annual volunteer event and a post event review is taken into account during the Budget Process.
A copy of the 2016 Plan and the latest update of the Pond and Green Action Plan can be obtained by contacting the Parish Clerk.
On Sunday 6th August 2017 a working party of 18 village volunteers and 12 Reigate Area Conservation volunteers, under the guidance of Simon Elson removed large quantities of unwanted vegetation from and around the pond, around the trees on and the granite setts alongside the green and tidied the area around the bus shelter. During the event a healthy population of common newts were observed in the pond and several species of dragonfly spotted. A big thank you to everyone who turned out to help!
On Sunday 2nd September 2018, at 10am, we hope villagers will turn out to take part in this summer’s pond clearance and village tidy.
Visit our picture galleries to view:
– species of fauna and flora we are lucky to have seen in and around the pond,
– photos taken as maintenance is undertaken, and
If you have information you would like to add to the gallery please contact our Clerk.