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By Juliet Chalk
Stumps Hill Pond in Beckenham Place Park is silted up, overgrown and disused. But in the 1980s it was a haven for waterbirds, frogs and toads. Let's bring it back to life for everyone local to enjoy!
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This large, historic pond is 400 years old and a key feature of the wonderful Beckenham Place Park in south London. However, nowadays it is unfortunately silted up, overgrown and fenced off. No one can use it and it has limited ecological value. I would like to change this: bringing it back to life for waterbirds, amphibians, fish and invertebrates; making it a community resource for learning about the environment and enjoying nature; and restoring its rightful ecological role within the Park landscape. Work needed includes de-silting, removing some surrounding vegetation so sunlight can filter in, and carrying out waterside planting to create wildlife habitats. We also want to build viewing jetties where children and community groups can go pond-dipping and learn about pond ecology. The pond has been professionally surveyed and the total project cost estimated at c. £40-50,000. The main cost is the de-silting, which is a big job as the pond is about 25m x 25m, and very deep.
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Why it's a great idea:
Beckenham Place Park, which for decades has been underused, is currently in the middle of a large regeneration project. However, despite the major works going on there is not enough money to renovate its only substantial pond - Stumps Hill Pond - even though this is a major feature of the Park. Yet the pond can and should be a vital part of the Park's ecology, so we need to restore it to its former glory. Older park staff tell me that in the 1980s there would be literally thousands of frogs jumping all over the surrounding grass and paths in season - but now I have not seen a single frog. Wouldn't it be great if we could get those frog numbers back again, and all the other wildlife that would come alongside them? Nature is everywhere under threat: let's use this opportunity to bring back a priceless environemntal resource.
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