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Regeneration of an historic pond at Chamber Hall, Bury, a location where some 200 years ago Sir Robert Peel, founder of Britain's police force, spent his childhood years, has been undertaken by UPM Tilhill.

The pond, once part of the Peel family estate, now lies within Bury's Chamber Hall Business Park. The 16 hectare (40 acre) site is currently being developed by Bury Council, with part funding from the North West Development Agency, into a major employment zone for Bury.

The work included extensive tree felling and site clearance operations, alongside crown lifting and dead wooding of the remaining trees. The water was then drained from the site before large areas of compacted reed were removed. The pond was then excavated and dredged, the resultant 8000 tonnes of silt material was then stabilised and geotechnical remediation took place by the controlled and measured addition and incorporation of granular lime before a new land formation could be created using these arisings.

Finally the native reed bed vegetation, which had been stored, was reintroduced to the pond edges and fencing and surrounding parkland grass seeding undertaken. Surrounding parkland grass seeding will be undertaken in the spring. The newly planted reeds will now be left to reestablish before further vegetation and tree planting is carried out.

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Title Annotation:In Situ; reed planting for historic pond regeneration
Publication:Green Places
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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