WORSBROUGH Mill’s historic pond is set to be dredged for the first time since the 1970s to remove huge volumes of weeds and silt.

The volume of silt that’s built up meant that the mill was unable to operate at full capacity, but the removal will have a ‘huge impact’ on flour production while enhancing the water quality for aquatic wildlife.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for place, said: “Worsbrough Mill is home to a vast array of wildlife and the improvements to the mill pond will have significant benefits to the surrounding biodiversity.

“The country park has been such an important place over recent months, it is wonderful and quite right that we are making further investments in improving this treasured location.”