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Fish Pond Maintenance – Spring 2013

After the harsh winter of 2012 into 2013, the time came with the eventual warmer weather to carry out some essential maintenance for our fish. This entailed emptying the pond, re-housing the fish halfway through, cleaning it, filling it back up and then putting them back. A fun day with Chris from Essential Ponds ensued…


Tanks set up ready by Alde Barn to take as much pond water as we could save. Pumping began and took several hours.


The Pond half-full. Half-empty? No, half-full? Oh, I don’t know!


Very murky-looking water! No fish in there yet.


Cue the Jaws music as Chris goes in. Unfortunately, he is a professional and didn’t slip in so no amusing Youtube video.

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Netting them one by one, into buckets and into the holding tanks. Great to see them this close after so long. And looking so healthy. They’ve certainly grown in the year that they have been in there.


Empty pond.


Bizarrely we had ONE solitary baby fish!


Happily swimming about in the holding tanks.

A few weeks on, the filter and pump station appears to be working well, the blanket weed is at bay so far and the fish seem content in their cleaner pond. We are now stocking up with new aquatic plants for the year ahead.

Huge thanks to Chris for his expertise and calmness! For sensible sound advice, you can contact Chris on 01728 860748 or 07901 710107 and check out Chris’s website.



Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

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Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

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Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

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Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

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Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

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Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

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Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

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