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POLYPIPE GIVES A HELPING HAND TO WILDLIFE

Posted: Monday 1st December 2014

Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of plastic drainage and water management solutions, has donated some of its innovative surface water drainage products to salvage the water levels of a re-constructed pond so that local wildlife can thrive.

The pond, which is sited next to the Unicorn’s Head pub in Langar, Nottinghamshire, is now filled with rainwater captured from the pub’s roof, and channelled to the pond using Ridgidrain - Polypipe’s most efficient surface water drainage system.

Polypipe supplied 48 metres of its 100mm diameter Ridgidrain pipe - along with bends, junctions and a reducer - to the Langar Village Pond Trust to enable it to create a sustainable supply of water to the pond which was restored 2012. Following an extremely dry year in 2013, the Pond Trust found that water levels reduced to as little as a third and that filling the pond from the mains (hard water) was not beneficial to the wildlife as they live better in soft natural water such as rainwater.

The Langar village pond, which dates back to the 17th century, was abandoned after World War II and, after years of existing as waste land, was filled-in and used as a car park. After the discovery of some old photographs, the Village Pond Trust was formed to reconstruct the pond to its current 25x15m size and 2.5m depth.

Nigel Wood, Chairman of The Langar Village Pond Trust, said: “I would like to thank Polypipe on behalf of the Trust for donating the materials which has allowed us to complete our project to ensure a clean supply of water is maintained. The pond is now a place where the wildlife can thrive, thus enhancing the conservation area of the village.

“We’re a small community-based organisation with limited finances and without Polypipe’s support, it is unlikely that we could have achieved such a successful project.”

Polypipe’s Marketing Manager, Emma Nicholls, said: “We were delighted to be involved in something so worthwhile which has not only benefitted the local wildlife but provided a great environment for local people to visit for years to come.

“Our Ridgidrain product was the perfect solution to help solve the pond’s water level problem. By capturing rainwater from the pub roof which is then diverted to the pond provides soft rainwater, wildlife can flourish and the local community can enjoy a lovely nature reserve right on their doorstep.”

Ridgidrain’s optimised pipe profile maximises strength and minimises weight to save precious resource and reduce CO2 consumption in the production, transportation and onsite handling processes.

The range is available in sizes from 100mm to 600mm in diameter, with a full range of fittings, and can be used in all civils and infrastructure projects wherever traditional Ridgidrain systems are specified, or rigid materials such as concrete and clay.




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