New interpretive board pays tribute to Ryde’s rural history
Southern Housing Group recently paid tribute to the rural heritage of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, where the Group is custodian to a special historic pond.
The historic Treefields Pond, located on the Group-owned Treefields Estate, is one of only a few historic artificial ponds in Ryde to survive into the modern age. The pond is roughly 12m x 5m and the oldest found records of its existence date from 1840.
Today the pond is a well-regarded community landmark and is maintained in partnership with The Footprint Trust and its pond wardens. It supports a diverse range of local wildlife including dragonflies, newts and frogs.
On 24 August, the Group’s Community Investment Team hosted the official unveiling of a new interpretive board that showcases the heritage and wildlife of the pond.
More than thirty people took part in the event, including children, residents of the estate, local media, and representatives from Southern Housing Group, The Footprint Trust, and Pinkeye Graphics (who designed the interpretive board).
The unveiling included a ‘pond dipping’ where The Footprint Trust and local children showed off the insects and other wildlife from the pond, so those who took part could learn about the wildlife the pond supports and its significance for the local area.
Many of Ryde’s historic ponds have long disappeared under the rapid pace of industrial development from Victorian times onward.
Treefields Pond is an important link to the Isle of Wight’s rural past, when many artificial ponds were located next to a road that acted as a catchment for runoff water. These ponds would be used for watering cattle and horses, and is almost certainly why Treefields Pond was originally built.
Photographs courtesy of Island Echo
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Mary Weeks Communications Manager Southern Housing Group 0207 553 6841