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Community and wildlife to benefit as Chalgrave Heritage trail pond gets restoration grant
13 August 2015

Overgrown Tebworth pond; before restoration work has started.


Community and wildlife to benefit as Chalgrave Heritage trail pond gets restoration grant


Chalgrave Parish Council, in Bedfordshire, has secured a £4,416 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. 


The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will aim to restore the much loved local pond in Tebworth, which is part of Chalgrave Parish. By dredging the pond’s silt and removing invasive weeds and reeds, the project will improve the recreational space for the local community and restore a haven for wildlife.             


At the moment the pond is completely silted up and there is little surface area of water, so it cannot be used by wildlife and is an eyesore rather than a feature of the village.  The community would like to see it restored and the return of water birds and amphibians. In addition to the clearance works, the project will also cut back the overgrown areas surrounding the pond, and paint the bench and railings at the site. Volunteers have worked hard in the past to maintain the area, but the work currently required will need heavy duty vehicles and equipment. 

 

Debbie Hampson, Parish Councillor and Project Leader said:

 

This grant will enable us to restore the pond to its former glory so that it can be enjoyed by the local community and wildlife will return.


Lesley Smith, Volunteer said:


It will be wonderful to be able to sit by the pond and walk my dog around the area. I’m looking forward to the ducks and coots returning, as well as the frogs and newts.


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“This pond regeneration project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for wildlife and the community.”