In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone.
The old carol provides the perfect description of the winter weather that has solidified the Lagoon, with a dusting of snow brightening the bare chalk sides. After the high levels caused by exceptional winter rain, the water has receded to just over knee deep, revealing the surrounding path, the snow bearing no tracks except my own. The ice surface is a tad slushy: ice dancing not recommended.
A large part of the Bulrush clump was removed last autumn but new shoots have already started to appear closer to the water's edge. Along with the overgrown shallow end and the surrounding wildflower area, there'll be plenty to keep us busy when the lockdown and the weather lifts!
The Bulrushes won't be an island for long, with new growth poking through the ice.
Lagoon from the shallow end. A little clearance work needed!
We are a self-funded group of volunteers looking after our local countryside in Banstead Wood and Chipstead Valley. We extend a warm welcome to those who would like to help maintain this important green space for the benefit of everyone. Here you will find details of WoodChips weekly tasks and activities. Check back soon to see what we're up to!