Friston pond to get a new lease of life

A local pond which predates Domesday and was the first in the country to be made a historic monument, is to have a major facelift.

Work on Friston Pond will begin on Monday after a cash boost from the Sutainable Communities Fund of the National Park and some from the parish council.

The project which includes opportunities for volunteers and community groups will be to clear the pond of invasive shrubs and weeds and the many lilies and reeds choking the wildlife. A new dipping platform will be introduced as will two new information boards, to be produced by local societies, one outlining the history of the pond and the other the flora and fauna present.

PHB Contractors have been appointed and will undertake the works over a three week period supervised by both the parish council and rangers from the South Downs National Park Authority.

Experts say the pond will initially look a little barren but after the re-introduction of selected flora and fauna collected by volunteers and stored on site during the works, by springtime the pond will be returning to its former glory as a natural refuge for wildlife.