I pushed through the blackthorn hedge and found myself standing on the bank of a rippling pool. When I came here last summer, this was dry land; where had the pond come from? I’d stumbled upon what is known as a ghost pond. A ghost pond is one of the estimated million pools that Britain has lost in the last century. These modest-sized meres were once used for watering plough horses, powering mills and stocking fish, but when workhorses and water mills disappeared from the landscape, so did the ponds.
Glimpses of Eden
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