Friends of Baddesley Common in Baddesley Ensor, Warwickshire has secured a £20,000 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 reinstate a village pond on the historical site of a previous pond, which was in-filled in the 1930s. The project works, which will include limited tree felling, clearing the land and planting up, will be completed by local volunteers. These volunteers will continue to maintain the site once the project has been completed, giving them a sense of ownership and pride in their local environment.
The pond has been designed specifically to be wildlife-friendly and will enhance the biodiversity of the site. It will be partly fenced and feature a platform to enable visitor’s access to the water's edge and will be connected up to existing footpaths to enable good access.
Linda Evans, Vice Chair, Friends of Baddesley Common, said:
“Reinstating the village pond will give the community an area to enjoy and be proud of and provide an environment that will create interaction and discussion between young and old.”
Colin Evans, Volunteer, Friends of Baddesley Common, said:
“The village has been trying to reinstate the pond since the millennium and thought this moment would never materialise. I am sure the children from Woodside School will enjoy the added dimension to their natural history studies from the pond and plant life. Their parents will have pride in village and the older residents will enjoy the area to chat and discuss village life and history.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This work is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve outdoor spaces for the benefit of the local community. For more than 16 years recreation facilities across the UK have benefited from the scheme and the organisations that award grants through the fund look forward to supporting more in the future.”