Grant for Midhurst South Pond in Operation Watershed

Spring has finally sprung at South Pond''Picture by Louise Adams C130534-1 Mid South Pond
Spring has finally sprung at South Pond''Picture by Louise Adams C130534-1 Mid South Pond

MIDHURST’S jewel in the crown is about to have the sparkle put back with news that much needed dredging work to clear the build up of silt, will go ahead this year.

The work has been made possible by a £25,000 grant from West Sussex County Council’s Operation Watershed project. Announcing the news in their latest newsletter Pond Life, the South Pond Group said: “This is a huge success story for the group and the town.

“We are hoping to receive a further £10,000 from Chichester District Council to support this activity. This will all help the national park authority to raise further grant funding to complete the project.”

The latest dredging scheme comes just three years after a £37,000 programme of improvements including desilting and remedial works to improve safety along the south bank.

It is being carried out to improve the depth and water quality. Excess silt will be used to build a bank to the north of the pond helping to reduce the regular flooding of the current path.

It is also hoped to establish a reed bed to support wildlife.