Common-Keeper's Update May 2016

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Most of the trees are flowering also with horse chestnut and hawthorn being perhaps the most noticeable. Pond marginal vegetation is also getting in on the act with the sedges and yellow flag iris currently in bloom. All the pond equipment such as the pumps and oil interceptor has been serviced and cleaned out which hopefully should help offset any effects of a dry spell and reduce algal blooms by keeping a steady in-flow of ground water and separated road run-off.

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Yellow-Flag Iris

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Poppy

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The Swan Family

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Wild Garlic

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Wild Flowers

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Sarah Sumpter