Grant from Greggs helps restore pond on Norfolk’s biggest village green

Ottomer pond in Old Buckenham has undergone restoration work thanks to a grant from Greggs. Picture:

Ottomer pond in Old Buckenham has undergone restoration work thanks to a grant from Greggs. Picture: Old Buckenham Village Green Committee - Credit: Old Buckenham Village Green Committee

Work to restore an overgrown pond on a famous green at the centre of a South Norfolk village has been carried out thanks to a grant from high street chain Greggs.

Work underway to restore Ottomer pond in Old Buckenham. Picture: Old Buckenham Village Green Committ

Work underway to restore Ottomer pond in Old Buckenham. Picture: Old Buckenham Village Green Committee - Credit: Archant

All those sausage rolls and doughnuts sold up and down the country help fund the Greggs Foundation that gives small environment grants to local communities.

A £2,000 grant from the foundation has been used for a major renovation of Ottomer pond, one of five ponds on the 45 acre village green in Old Buckenham, which is famed as one of the largest in the country.

The project, which has just been completed, has included pond excavation, tree felling, rubbish removal, re-profiling of the pond banks and re-seeding.

Ottomer pond in Old Buckenham has undergone restoration work thanks to a grant from Greggs. Picture:

Ottomer pond in Old Buckenham has undergone restoration work thanks to a grant from Greggs. Picture: Old Buckenham Village Green Committee - Credit: Old Buckenham Village Green Committee

John Fernihough, chairman of the village green management committee, said: 'Greggs kindly gave us a £2,000 grant to excavate the pond and UK Power Networks took down about 20 trees and a group of volunteers took about another eight or 10 so it has been a substantial clearance. It has been a labour of love and the community has really pulled together.


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'The next phase is a tree and shrub planting scheme around it and with it being next to the play area it would be nice to have a little picnic area with a couple of tables.'

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