The Flowering Reflection Pond
Created by damming the drainage brook in the center of the estate, the Flowering Reflection Pond was established to create a place of quiet beauty and reflection. As a destination point for a morning stroll or the site of an impromptu picnic, the pond was a central point. Originally graced with a white sand bottom and home to koi fish and turtles, it was a keynote in the vision that was the Maudsleigh Estate. Bordering it's edge are mountain laurel and rhododendron which reflect off the pond waters.
Restoration Update Spring 2014
The Pond Restoration Committee is delighted to
report a significant amount of progress in the restoration of
The Flowering Pond over the past 12 months. Last spring,
ESS Group out of Waltham, Massachusetts worked through Phase 1
of the four proposed phases to improve the quality of the pond.
Through partial breaching of three separate beaver dams, water
flow increased significantly through the pond over the course of
the spring and into the early summer months.
In April, the committee applied for a 2:1 grant through DCR's Partnership Matching Grant Program in order to fund Phase 2 of the restoration which will secure the banks to prevent further erosion, design various drainage fields so that rain waters are directed to those fields rather than into the pond and secure the trails around the pond and Three Arch Bridge. We learned in December that we received the grant so work can begin in the spring. Before ESS, Inc, works through Phase 2, DCR will removes the trees that have fallen into the pond due to erosion as well as those dead trees on the banks.
Fundraising has been imperative to the progress that has been realized to date. Through the Chili Ride in November, Maudslay calendar sales in December and January, and private donations, the committee has raised funds to support the work through the permitting stage of Phase 3. But the most expensive portion of Phase 3 is the dredging which hopefully will begin in the spring of 2015. Additional applications for grants and other fundraising opportunities will be explored.
Anyone interested in making a donation to the Pond Fund can send a check made out to MSPA to 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, MA 01950. In the memo, mention The Flowering Pond Fund. No amount is too small.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Draining, dredging and refilling the Pond is a necessary and desirable by-product of the restoration of the Three Arch Bridge. The Pond will first have to be drained completely, the bridge stones recovered, the bottom dredged and debris and decay removed and then it can be allowed to refill. If possible, mechanisms will be put in place to see that the health of the pond is maintained.
The restoration vision includes resettling of fish and turtles into the pond.
|A view of the Flowering Pond||The Pond with the Bridge in the background|
The pond is becoming choked with vegetation and downed trees contributing to its unhealthy condition.