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This evening I was on my way back from my evening walk with our dogs when I noticed an alarming sight at Sheepwash pond on the Ridgeway in Mill Hill. The pond has huge clumps of green algae blooms covering much of the surface (Sheepwash pond is located on the land next to Mr Andrew Reids Belmont
Childrens Zoo, which is home to a large number of "exotic" animals). Such algae blooms are often a sign of sewage or other pollutants being present in a body of water. It is not unknown for children to play in the pond. Maybe it was just
the time of day but we are also noticed the lack of the geese and
ducks which usually make their presence known. The pond is also next door to St Pauls school.
We hope that Barnet Council visit the pond as a matter of urgency and ensure that there are no dangerous pollutants in the pond. We noted that Angel Pond, a mere 400 yards down the road had no such algae blooms. As to the pipework into the Belmont Zoo, lets hope that we get a proper explanation for that as well.