Landmark £25,000 grant for Midhurst’s South Pond

Members of the South Pond group and helpers with the rubbish cleared. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130619-6
Members of the South Pond group and helpers with the rubbish cleared. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130619-6

MIDHURST’S South Pond, once the jewel in the town and a popular destination for residents and visitors to the area, has received a landmark boost towards its restoration – in the form of a £25,000 grant.

MIDHURST’S South Pond, once the jewel in the town and a popular destination for residents and visitors to the area, has received a landmark boost towards its restoration – in the form of a £25,000 grant.

West Sussex County Council awarded the long-awaited funds to The South Pond Group, chaired by environmentalist Graham Ault, which was formed in 2012 in a bid to restore the pond to its former glory.

Group members have held a series of events to promote their cause. In the first, they put up a marquee beside the pond and displayed a vision of what they were hoping to achieve with partners including the South Downs National Park Authority and pond owners Chichester District Council.

And it now looks like their hard work and commitment to their cause is paying off.

The sizeable grant was awarded under Operation Watershed, which aims to support people in their communities who want to work with the county council to become more prepared for, or to reduce the risk of, flooding.

The Operation Watershed Active Communities Fund was established in March 2013, with £1.25m made available.

See the Midhurst and Petworth Observer this week (August 1) for the full story.