Native pond plants supplied for new pond

new pond being created

Salix has helped The Norfolk Hospice create a new pond at its new residential facility in Hillington.

As well as providing hundreds of native pond plants, staff from its nursery at Croxton Park helped Hospice volunteers to plant them in December.

David Holland, Technical Director for Salix, explains:

“We were delighted to be able to help The Norfolk Hospice to establish a pond at their new residential site. A well planted area of water like this can have a dramatic impact on local wildlife, providing habitat and a food chain to support a huge range of creatures, from microscopic organisms and invertebrates, to amphibians, insects, birds and even mammals like bats.

We’ve planted a range of wetland plants to help give a boost to local wildlife, including yellow flag iris, marsh marigold, purple loosestrife and brooklime.”

The pond development has been project managed by Melinda Raker, a patron of Marie Curie. The work was started by WR Chapman & Son, a plant hire and leasing company based in Kings Lynn and the pond liner was provided and installed by Geosynthetic Technology, based in Colchester.

Mark Shea, Commercial Director at The Norfolk Hospice, says:

“We are all very excited about establishing a wildlife haven in our grounds and very grateful for to everyone who has supported us so generously in this venture, including Salix.

“Now the plants are in, the pond is being left to fill naturally, and patients and staff alike are keeping a keen eye on its development, waiting with interest to see the kinds of wildlife it will attract.”