Party marks end of Decoy Pond project

Sandy Boyce Clark cutting the cake
Sandy Boyce Clark cutting the cake

WORK on improving Decoy Pond in Hampden Park has been completed.

The end of the project was marked by a party in the park, organised by the Friends of the Hampden Park at the weekend, attended by more than 150 people.

The project to restore the pond to its former glory cost £130,000 and was paid for by the Friends, money from Eastbourne Borough Council and a £50,000 cash boost from the Lottery.

Work on the pond, which has been in existence for more than 100 years, included removing fallen trees from the two islands to reduce the shading and leaf fall into the water, thus improving the quality of the water and also boosting the surrounding habitat.

At Sunday’s party Eastbourne’s deputy mayor Mike Thompson cut a ribbon on the bridge over the feeder stream to kick off the celebrations.

Invited guests including council leader David Tutt, MP Stephen Lloyd were then taken on a conducted tour of the works by directors from the contractors which carried out the works and parks and gardens officials from the council which ran the contract.

A celebratory cake was also cut by chairman of the Friends Sandy Boyce-Sharpe who thanked everyone for all the work over the seven and a half since the Friends had been formed, to reach the original stated goal of restoring the pond.

Visitors enjoyed a treasure hunt, free balloons and conducted tours of the pond with detailed explanation of the works that had been undertaken.

Sandy Boyce-Sharpe said, “The Friends were delighted to have such a lovely sunny day to celebrate with members and guests the culmination of over seven years of unstinting work by volunteers to raise funds and disseminate information to raise public awareness of the need for restoration of the Hampden Park pond.

“The immediate difference the work has made is dramatic and everyone can now look forward to watching the plant development improving the habitat for insects and invertebrates thus transforming the whole ecology structure and the environment for wildlife as a whole.”