Wilton Group Asks For Donations To Save Horseshoe Pond

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The Horseshoe Pond Lily Pad Project cleared a significant corner of the Wilton pond in past years.
The Horseshoe Pond Lily Pad Project cleared a significant corner of the Wilton pond in past years. Photo Credit: Courtesy Anne Deware

WILTON, Conn. -- Friends of Horseshoe Pond are looking to donations from Wilton residents to help save the local pond. 

The Friends of Horseshoe Pond received the approval of the Wilton Conservation Commission, the Town of Wilton and the State of Connecticut to use herbicides to reduce the lily cover that is threatening the pond, according to a press release. 

"Local residents, as well as employees of area businesses, enjoy walking on the road and trail around the pond. Unfortunately, the lilies covering the pond threaten to destroy this beautiful town natural resource," representatives said in a press release. "Although relatively small, Horseshoe Park offers much to its visitors, including the opportunity to observe a pond throughout the changing seasons. The park is a pleasant place to visit at any time of the year."

The town and dedicated volunteers have "unsuccessfully tried to control the lilies by pulling mechanically and by hand," according to the press release. The first treatment on the pond is set for applications this spring by The Pond Connection of Newtown. The commission will use herbicides that are safe for wildlife and water, according to the release. 

Residents are asked to donate by writing a check to Town of Wilton with Horseshoe Pond on the memo line.  Mail to Conservation Commission, Town Hall Annex, 238 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897. 

For more information, contact the Friends of Horseshoe Pond by calling or emailing Anne Deware at 203-762-8256 or andyware@optonline.net.

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