Residents have teamed up with volunteers from the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership this summer to tackle invasive pond weed at Maidenbower Ponds.
With help from Cllr Duncan Peck (Con, Maidenbower), the group got to work on August 7 to remove Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) from the pond.
The non-native aquatic perennial plant can quickly dominate slow moving or static, nutrient rich, waters, creating dense floating carpets of vegetation which block the sunlight and drastically reduces oxygen in the water.
With help from Crawley Borough Council, the team has been removing the weed by hand to try to restore the Ponds back to their natural state and increase the bio-diversity.
Two more clean-up days are planned on Wednesday (August 21) and Thursday September 12.
Anyone who can help can put on their wellies or waders, meet at Maidenbower Ponds, Billinton Drive, at 9.45am.
To find out more call the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership office on 01293 550730 or log onto http://www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/gatwick_greenspace/page00002.htm