New South Pond Group makes a splash in Midhurst

C130619-6 Mid Pond Event  phot kate''Members of the South Pond group and helpers with the rubbish cleared. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130619-6
C130619-6 Mid Pond Event phot kate''Members of the South Pond group and helpers with the rubbish cleared. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130619-6
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A NEW group formed with the aim of putting the sparkle back in the jewel of Midhurst – its South Pond – has held its launch event.

The South Pond Group, chaired by environmentalist Graham Ault, was formed earlier this year in a bid to restore the pond to its former glory

At their first event the South Pond Group members put up a marquee beside the pond and displayed a vision of what they are hoping to achieve with partners including the South Downs National Park Authority and pond owners Chichester District Council.

“It was a very successful launch event,” said South Pond Group volunteer Margaret Guest who was on hand to welcome visitors throughout the day.

“We had a steady stream of members of the public many of whom made suggestions in terms of what they would like to see in the way of improvements to the pond.”

One of the highlights of the day was an exhibition of posters designed and produced by pupils from Midhurst Primary School.

South Pond Group member Marion Dodd visited the school last month and spoke about the dangers of feeding the ducks as part of the group’s campaign to raise awareness of the serious consequences of giving the birds the wrong sort of food.

As part of the campaign the group asked pupils to design posters to help them get the message across to members of the public.

These posters were displayed in St Anne’s Hall on Saturday.

“There were about 16 posters,” said Mrs Guest, “they are all so good we are now thinking about how we can display them permanently to promote the work of the pond

group.

“We may produce a small booklet to include them all.”

During the launch event members of the public joined the group for a litter pick collecting several bags of rubbish from the area around the water.

The Midhurst Common group were represented with a display of their conservation work.

A nature trail was also held by the new group, inviting people to identify the wild life in evidence around the pond.