Conservationist Pete the Pond's Aquatic Garden Gets Pushback From Local Government

Pete the Pond is a conservationist who uses his aquatic garden and ponds to increase biodiversity in his community — but now he's getting pushback from local officials. » Subscribe to NowThis Earth: https://go.nowth.is/Earth_Subscribe » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox: https://go.nowth.is/KnowThis Peter Birchall, better known as Pete the Pond, is a landscaper in the UK who specializes in pond construction and the creation of aquatic habitats. He reportedly has approximately 30 ponds and 180 species of native aquatic plants in his yard, which he says he uses to increase biodiversity in his neighborhood. Pete brings plants and creatures from his garden to schools to teach children about the environment. But after complaints from neighbors, the Wealden District Council wants him to remove everything from his garden, believing that he is operating a commercial enterprise in a residential area. To learn more about Pete's Pond and to help save it visit https://go.nowth.is/3mLxGBs in the UK or https://go.nowth.is/3mO20eD internationally. #AquaticPlants #Biodiversity #Garden #Earth #Environment #Science #NowThis This video "Conservationist Pete the Pond's Aquatic Garden Gets Pushback From Local Government", first appeared on https://nowthisnews.com/.

Video Transcript

PETER BIRCHALL: The main complaint, I understand, was I had too many plants in my garden, which is a very unusual complaint. How can you have too many plants in a garden?

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They said my log habitats and rock habitats had to go because it was storing waste material, which is utterly ludicrous when the main ethos by councils is to recycle, reuse, and repair what you can of waste.

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My garden, I started 20 years ago when I learned about ponds, and I started to realize that the loss of the flora in ponds was so great, and especially subaquatic floras that I thought I got to address this. So I started just basically propagating water plants. And I thought, well, if I propagate these on, they can then be used to go in ponds that I construct as part of my business.

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My ultimate goal, really, is to make sure every pond in the British Isles is how it should be and put back the diversity of life that should be there. I don't think I'll ever get there. I'm getting older. But if I can pass that knowledge on to others and help as many people as I can make a very good pond that will work really well for creatures living in it.

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