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Rangers Row to the Rescue!
By Tim Goldsmith
The fountain/aerator in Ewell Court Park Lake had not been working properly for over a week.
The water level was far too high to allow access to the fountain by wading out, so two Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Rangers were called into action. Using their inflatable dinghy the stalwarts rowed out to the middle of the lake. Then, braving the icy cold water, one plunged his arm into the murky depths around the fountain pump and extracted several black plastic bags.
The power was switched back on and success! The pump was back in action.
The fountain/aerator is an important contribution to the lake. It helps to oxygenate the water, is aesthetically pleasing and in winter keeps an area free of ice, enabling the wildfowl to access water.
In a more serious vein, the incident also highlights the important and varied work carried out by the Council’s Ranger service.
We should appreciate their ready assistance and willingness to carry out such a wide range of duties. On this particular occasion the lads left the park to their next assignment, a blocked drain! All in a day’s work!