Interpretation board is last step in village project

Spring wells photo EMN-140625-181550001
Spring wells photo EMN-140625-181550001
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Billingborough Parish Council’s project to improve the village’s historic Spring Wells has culminated in the erection of a permanent interpretation board.

The information board tells the story of the origin of the spring water, the possible origin of the name Billingborough, the wildlife that lives on the Spring Wells pond and the historic buildings that frame it.

The Spring Wells hit headline newspaper and TV news when the natural artesian springs dried up in the drought of 2011 - only the second time that this has happened in living memory (the first being in 1976).

The newly-erected board was put up by parish councillors and villagers last Saturday.

Councillor Michael King, chairman of the parish council, said: “The parish council is delighted that the story of our Spring Wells is now on site for everyone to read.

“The origin of this natural water, which also provides the village’s drinking supply, is truly remarkable.

“Rainwater falls on the hills around Grantham and finds its way along the limestone aquifer deep underground to then be forced up by natural pressure at Billingborough. We hope that schools and visitors to Billingborough will come and see this natural phenomenon for themselves. We are especially pleased that this project is finished in time for Billingborough’s Open Gardens weekend of July 5 and 6.”