Rock garden temporary closure

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The Rock Garden will be closed from Monday 7 January for 4 to 6 weeks.

This is to repair   a serious leak in the pond. Contractors will remove the lilies and rocks before emptying the pond, jet-washing it and repairing the leak. The pond will then be sealed, replanted and refilled.

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What about the fish? You may have noticed a heron by the pond – see the previous posting – the lower water level may have made fishing in the pond more attractive! The fish will be removed from the pond and stored in large, polythene-lined skips. The species of fish include Koi carp, mirror carp, common carp, goldfish, golden orfe, blue orfe, roach, golden rudd, green tench, bream and perch.

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Once the pond repair is complete, take a look at the life in the water there – it’s fascinating. There are frogs, toads, two types of newt as well as a variety of insects and birds that come to take advantage of the water.

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