Hare Hill pond dredging project appeal

Restoration work is urgently required to the ornamental ponds at Hare Hill Garden. But there is a problem - the heavy machinery needed can’t access the wooded pond area and would cause too much damage to the garden.

Hare Hill pond
Pond Dredging at Hare Hill

Using horse power at Hare Hill 

Hare Hill’s ornamental ponds desperately need dredging but heavy machinery can’t access the garden and would create too much damage. Now, after trialling an innovative solution, using heavy horse power, we need your urgent help to improve these ponds for wildlife and to reduce the risk of flooding in the garden.

How the appeal adds up

  • 60% of Cheshire ponds have disappeared in the last 150 years
  • Over 100 UK priority species are associated with pond habitats
  • We can remove 3 tons of silt using horse power in one day
" The horse is the most environmentally friendly method of doing this particular type of work... Carbon neutral, sustainable and powered by hay and grain produced by our solar system."
- Simon Lenihan

Donate to Hare Hill pond dredging project appeal

Please select an amount

Hare Hill Spring Pond
£10 could help to purchase pond plants to restock the pond edges
£25 could contribute towards regular biodiversity survey work to monitor the health of the ponds
A common hawker dragonfly patrols its territory
Pond dredging at Hare Hill
£40 could pay for one horse and guide to work in the ponds for one hour
Or enter your own amount

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the outdoor spaces in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful landscapes and protect precious plants and wildlife. But they also ensure that future generations have places they can find freedom from everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work in the outdoors at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For ever, for everyone.

Donate now and help protect Hare Hill’s ponds and wildlife