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Open event shows off pond’s delights

IMPROVEMENTS to Aldwick’s duck pond have been proudly put on show.

 

The changes to the rural beauty spot amid the houses were admitted by dozens of people at the latest open day staged by Aldwick Preservation Society.

 

The society was formed 40 years to keep the pond when it was threatened as part of a road scheme.

 

Recent years have seen its work stepped up to ensure the pond is a fitting home to its some 60 ducks and various fish species. Recent work included repairs to the pond’s banks and its island. It was led by Phil Sargent and Terry Reeve. West Sussex County Council also funded a drainage improvement scheme.

 

Preservation society chairman Paul Bignell said: “We’ve had 60-70 people come along so far in the two hours we’ve been here.

 

“Most of them are people who are here for the first time, which is what this event is all about.

 

“About 12 new members have signed up and we’ve got 800 members.

 

“So many people get a lot of pleasure out of visiting the pond that it makes all the work worthwhile.

 

“The local schools have walking buses here with their teachers and, every other week, some 20 people in wheelchairs visit here to enjoy sitting around the pond. It’s a nice area and we are always looking for people to join us to help out.”

 

Among those who went along to the open day last Saturday was Aldwick Felds resident Jan Brockhurst.

 

She said: “It’s been a few years since I was here with my grandchildren. There’s a lot more ducks than I thought there was going to be and I like the running water. It makes a big difference and makes the pond cleaner than it used to be.”

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