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Tennis Court pond

Below the Tennis Court Pond in 1919. Recently named because it was once close to the long gone, council maintained tennis courts, back in the days when the park had a full time park keeper. The tennis courts are now under a car park (2019) but the pond is easily located. It is periodically "desilted". There have been times in the past when there was very little standing water. The photo below was taken in spring after it was partially cleared of leaf litter, etc, probably early 2000s.

Only a small pond but rich in wildlife, surrounded by Pussy Willow which is striking in March/April. The breeding ground for many insects including several species of Dragonflies, in late summer its main attraction is the Flowering Rush. The pink flowers are magnificent, the pond is a stronghold for this plant but it does survive in small numbers and only sporadically in the other ponds of the park. Migrating birds also depend on the insect life and shelter of this pond with it's marginal vegetation. Stronghold of the park's great crested newts.