Etton Mere

Exploring the pond in the heart of Etton village

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Welcome to our new website which focuses on Etton Pond (The “Mere”).

If you can contribute photos, historical information or anything else that you think other villagers might be interested in then please email me, Karl, via pond@kalpa.org.uk.

Latest update on the 2022 pond works organised through Etton Parish Council and funded by the FCC Communities Foundation:

Read the first press release about the funding we received here.
Felling of the 5 mature Willow trees around the rear of the Pond has been completed.

New bench

A new bench has appeared on the third, empty base overlooking Etton Village Pond.

One of the felled Willow tree logs has been shaped and positioned to give us a new, very rustic bench to overlook the pond.

Tree felling has begun

The felling of the five mature willow trees around the pond began today.

Thank you to Special Branch – the contractors carrying out the work & to the owner and tenants of the neighbouring field who have allowed access to the back of the pond to make the felling easier.

Work will only take a couple of days after which the felled wood will be chipped and taken off site,

As well as the five willows, a number of other dead trees, some stumps and a few bits of overgrown laurel will be removed.

This is only the first stage of the process to improve the pond overall. Later in the year new planting of sympathetic, appropriate and native trees will take place.

Photos from day 1 of tree felling:

tree felling in progress

PRESS RELEASE: Funding approved for improving the quality and appearance of Etton Village Pond.

Villagers in the village of Etton in the East Riding of Yorkshire are set to get an improved new look to their historic village pond thanks to a £11892 grant from FCC Communities Foundation.

The money will be used to remove problem trees; dredge the pond; plant new trees; provide bird and wildlife boxes, and generally improve the quality of the environment at the pond in the centre of the village.

John Holmes, Chair of Etton Parish Council believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area. 

He says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Etton village and Parish. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our village pond taking shape during 2022. 

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation Grant Manager, says: “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefitting the whole community across Etton and surrounding villages.”

John Holmes hopes the work on the pond will all be completed by the end of September 2022. The work to remove problem trees will begin in May 2022, followed by light dredging of the pond bed during the summer.  New trees and aquatic marginal plants will be introduced as Autumn approaches, along with encouragements for wildlife and repairs to the pond fencing.  The expectation is that after these improvements the pond will retain water better and be improved both visually and for wildlife by the Autumn of 2022. 

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For further press information please contact Alan Bravey, Clerk to Etton Parish Council via ettonpc@outlook.com.

Notes to editors: 

  • Etton Parish Council serves the Parish of Etton in the East Riding of Yorkshire which includes the villages of Etton, Gardham and Kiplingcoates. As the first tier of local government, Parish Councils provide communities such as Etton with a democratic voice and a structure for taking community action. To find out about the work of Etton Parish Council visit the website at visit www.ettonpc.org.uk
  • FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, FCC Communities Foundation has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit www.fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk 
  • FCC Environment is the leading UK waste and resource management company and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Its vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. It employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales. FCC Environment donates the landfill tax credits that are generated by its operations to FCC Communities Foundation, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites. www.fccenvironment.co.uk 
  • The Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund – any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage the re-use, recycle and recovery of more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Landfill Operators (LOs) are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). The SLCF is regulated by SEPA on behalf of Revenue Scotland and projects are delivered by Approved Bodies (ABs). 

Plans for Etton Pond. Early 2022 update

For the past few years Etton Pond has looked rather sad during dry summer months. The water disappears leaving barely a puddle in the middle. Ducks don’t make a point of visiting, and only a lonely Moorhen or two bothers to hang around!

Etton Parish Council started looking at this issue a number of years ago and had environmental surveys done. The overall conclusion was that the pond was suffering from two things – large, mature Willow trees sucking water from the pond when in leaf, and, a heavily silted pond that had very little remaining natural depth to hold water. What little water was captured from rainfall (the pond is not spring or groundwater fed) was being drunk by the greedy Willows.

To make the pond hold water better and look better, plans were discussed to remove trees, de-silt the pond and generally improve the look and drainage. Funding bids began to be explored.

Work was underway on a funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund when Covid struck and the grant funding stream was no longer available.

But in 2021 another funding opportunity was found via FCC and a new bid began to be prepared. As I write (Feb 2022) we’re awaiting the final stages of drawing this grant down so we can begin work on the Pond. More of this as it gets underway.

A new look Etton Pond beckons for later in 2022. Watch this space.

Welcome to Etton Pond

The village pond in Etton near Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire has a centuries old history. Back then it was known as Etton Mere.

This website is a simple homage to Etton Pond by me, Karl, a local Etton resident.

I’ll be posting what I already know about the pond and investigating further the history of the pond – hopefully with the assistance of other villagers. In 2022 there’s a new project underway to do physical work on the pond to improve its appearance (led by the Parish Council), so I’ll be reporting on that here too.

If you’re in the area, pop along and visit our pond!

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