Facts about Pocklington Canal:-
- It is home to all kinds of waterfowl and the majestic heron. Swans actually nest in the reeds on the water, but don’t approach them as they can be aggressive when guarding their young.
- Pike, perch, roach and bream are all fished along the nine-mile length of Yorkshire’s shortest canal. The canal has special nature conservation importance because of its less obvious wildlife – some unusual aquatic plants and insects (especially rare water-beetles, and dragonflies).
- It was opened in 1818 at a cost of £35,000 (a sum less than the original estimate).
- As early as 1847 it was allowed to decline because its new owners, the York and North Midland Railway Company, didn’t want it to compete with the modern railways.
- During the 1960s it was considered more expensive to eliminate the now derelict waterway than to leave it as it was.
- Today the canal has its own amenity society whose members have done a great deal to preserve and improve the immediate area for people’s enjoyment.
Facts about Allerthorpe Wood and Common:-
- The reserve covers 15 acres and preserves a section of heathland which was widespread prior to tree planting schemes begun in the 1960s.
- The wet heath is being invaded by birch, always the first tree to establish itself on ‘waste’ ground. Young oaks and aspen are also taking root.
Facts about Pocklington Airfield:-
- Just before the runway is a memorial to the men of 102 (Ceylon) Squadron RAF, and 405 (Vancouver) Squadron RCAF, who “gave their lives in the name of Freedom”.
Information kindly supplied by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.