East Dean and Friston Parish Council held an inaugural event on July 4 to celebrate the completion of the Friston Pond project. The pond, which is owned by the Parish Council, had become overgrown and contaminated with weed. A Rejuvenation Project was set up; the site was fenced off, wildlife was removed from the pond and placed in holding tanks, and the pond drained and dredged. The pond refilled naturally and the wildlife was returned. A dipping platform was constructed and noticeboards were put up. The ceremony was attended by residents and parish councillors and the ribbon was cut by District Councillor Charles Peck, a member of the South Downs National Park Authority. The project was supported with up to £12,375 from the SDNPA’s Sustainable Community Fund.
Ken Bodfish, chair of the fund, said, “It has been wonderful to see the work that the local community and South Downs Volunteer Rangers have put in to restoring this ancient dew pond and sharing the story of its long history and wildlife with visitors to the South Downs. As the pond matures, the plants grow and wildlife re-colonises, I am sure that people exploring this part of the National Park will stop off and appreciate their achievements and the great educational resource they have created.”