The ‘Fire Pond’ in our grounds is a historical relic kept from the times when the house did not have access to running water! This was the source from which water could be drawn from in case of any fires. Nowadays, our instructing staff use the pond to take groups for team building and problem solving activities during their visits to us.
Recently we had sprung a leak and was in desperate need of repair. To our surprise, when our development staff began this work, they discovered the pond was full of frogs. They had no means of escaping as the walls were too steep on the sides of the pond.
This had us thinking – what could we do to help move this wildlife on to a safer area of our surrounding nature?
One of our fabulous instructors, Phil, has put his handy man skills to the test and created a frog ladder to allow them to leave the pond safely. Below is a fantastic video captured by the instructors of the frogs using the ladder and leaving the pond!
During this week, the repairs have been completed which has involved digging out the grass and debris from the bottom, the pointing up of brick work to make water tight again and the re-filling of the pond.
It has been decided that due to the amount of amazing wildlife White Hall grounds attracts, the frog ladder will remain in situ to allow the wildlife to return and have access to the pond.