Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Badshot Lea Pond is located next to the B3208 in the village of Badshot Lea between Farnham and Aldershot. It is a fine example of a once common feature of rural life that is fast disappearing from the landscape, having served as a fish pond for the 14th century moated manor house that stood nearby, a watering point at the crossing of two drove roads across common land and a farm pond. It now provides a valuable amenity resource for the local community, including the housing estate built during the 1980s which borders three sides of the pond and surrounding open space. The pond had become overgrown with vegetation and a build-up of silt until a restoration project began in 2016 with the aim of rediscovering the open water by removing some of the vegetation, using excavated silt to create a new pond edge and raising the height of the bank to prevent overflow in times of high rainfall. This work has been completed by a combination of contractors and volunteers from the local residents' group and is supported by both Waverley Borough Council and Farnham Town Council.
The final part of the project is to replace the current pond dipping platform, an ageing wooden structure which is well-used by the local community to watch wildlife, feed the ducks and enjoy the pond landscape from close quarters. Replacing the existing platform with an interpretive walkway, featuring carvings and interpretation panels would enable visitors to safely access the edge of the pond and learn more about its history and wildlife. There would also be increased opportunities for local groups of all ages and abilities to use the walkway and pond for educational activities. The team behind this project strongly believe that access to open spaces and the chance to see wildlife on their doorstep helps to create a sustainable community with improved physical and mental health, bringing together people with shared interests and a desire to share their knowledge with friends and neighbours.

Waverley Borough Council

Location: Farnham

This project will continue to bring the local community together to use and enjoy the valuable amenity, helping them to share existing knowledge and learn new skills. It is already well-supported by residents who understand the value of access to green spaces and wildlife.
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