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07 Feb 2012
The North Blackpool Pond trail is going from strength to
strength and is celebrating winning Blackpool Civic Trust's Open
The pond trail – a partnership between Groundwork,
Blackpool Council and BEAT Naturewatch links together a historic
but little-known network of ponds and wetlands.
This green corridor runs through an urban area and includes 23
ponds and a reedbed, many of which are Biological Heritage
According to the Civic Trust, the award recognises almost ten
years of campaigning and two years of hard work by a range of
groups including the local community, BEAT Naturewatch, Groundwork
and Natural England. It also recognises how the project has
highlighted the biodiversity of Blackpool’s green spaces in a
creative way that benefits the whole community.
In 2009 a substantial grant was received from Natural England to
make the necessary improvements and raise awareness of the
significance of the ponds, their scientific and local amenity
value. The project is also funded by the Big Lottery Fund and
Extensive pond surveys have revealed that over half of the ponds
on the Trail are priority habitats of high conservation value and
Anyone in the Blackpool area interested in the Pond Trail is
welcome to get involved. Special skills aren’t necessary and
training is available. It’s a chance to do something
worthwhile, make new friends and learn something new. Contact
for more information.
You can keep tabs on the progress of the trail – and find
out about upcoming events - on the initiative's