Tracy Hobbs and neice (left) clear up.
The verdict on Bower Ponds wildlife makeover
by Tracy Hobbs
Hundreds of people came down to Bower Ponds on Sunday to support BBC Somerset’s Springwatch action day to makeover a run down park in Bridgwater. Hear the views of one long term resident.
The project was part of the BBC’s Springwatch Action Team (SWAT) campaign to help local communities take ownership of their parks and wildlife.
But what do locals make of it?
Tracy Hobbs has been a Bridgwater resident for 15 years and lives up the road.
She said: “I used to come to the park when I lived a couple of roads down from here but it was getting too mucky and the wrong sort of people were hanging around.
“There was always lots of litter and there have been needles left lying around before.
“I just came down today to have a look and see if it has changed at all, or improved.
"I think this is a really positive step. It looks an awful lot better than I remember it and it's getting better all the time. It's really nice to see people in here for a change.
"I would definitely come down here again because my daughter loves feeding the ducks.
"I'm not sure it will stay this clean and tidy but hopefully they will look after it now that it's been done up.
"The police community support officer is quite good.
Volunteers helped to clean up the pond.
"Rachel is only ten so she's not really old enough to come down here by herself but I would be happy for her to come down here with me.
"There is a field at the back of our house that we go to play in sometimes, but it's just a field.
"I like this because of the wildlife areas and trees. Kids can hide behind the trees and they're good for making dens. There's also a play ground here.
"More hot days and we'll be back soon."
last updated: 08/06/2008 at 22:56
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