BISHOPS WALTHAM NORTH POND CONSERVATION GROUP
Background to the Restoration Plans
This outline map indicates what is planned in the report. As work progresses some modifications are likely based on gathered experience.
East Channel clearance
The East Channel was blocked with scrub and fallen trees, undergrowth was growing over fences into adjacent gardens. Volunteers cleared the bed of the channel over several weeks during Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 starting at the Corehampton Road and working all of the way down to the sluice on the Winchester Road. It involved many hours of voluntary effort and saved a considerable cost should it had been necessary to employ contract labour to do the work. The work included all age groups, including some youngsters who were able to use their participation towards their "Duke of Edinburgh" award.
Lay-by Viewing Area
Work was carried out in Autumn 2012 to create a public viewing area by the Corhampton lay-by.
Details of the work are described in the project document =>
This involved removing scrub and fallen trees, crown lifting healthy trees, removing excess ivy, treatment of Japanese Knotweed, construction of a path and installation of a picnic table and bench seat. This was achieved with a great deal of help from Amey Ltd who provided two teams on Community support days - a tree team and a construction team. The value of the work contributed was around £5,500 in labour and materials. Further work has been carried out by our own volunteers and Hampshire CC provided grants to purchase the picnic table and other items. The BW Gardening Club have provided a bench seat in memory of two members. Further daffodils were planted and other planting is planned. Portsmouth Water are sponsoring an Information Board.
Silt Removal and Sluice Viewing area
Details of the proposed silt excavation and viewing area creation are given in the Proposal document =>
Grants/Funding are being applied for
Some funding has already been received.
It was given by the Environment Agency (EA) Fisheries Division to make fish rescue easier when the pond dries up. In 2009 large numbers of fish died as many could not be reached in time, owing to the difficult access. The funding, as a partnership agreement between the EA and BWNPWG, was also provided to open up views of the pond for the public and to enhance the environment for fish, birds, amphibians and other wildlife.
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Grants have been given by the Parish Council which has enabled the BWNPCG to be set up, and provided funding to meet costs and distribute a leaflet to every household in the parish. The Parish Council have also donated a seat for the Sluice viewing area
Hampshire County Council have provided an "HCC small grant" which enabled the purchase of a picnic table and covered other costs associated with the creation of the lay-by viewing area
Other funding has been provided by sponsors and individuals through monetary donations and contributions in kind. Further details are available on our Sponsors web page => www.bwnpcg.org.uk/sponsors
Further grants are being applied for:
- the current application is for a SITA grant for silt removal and
construction of a viewing area near the Winchester Road sluice.
Work parties are organised and run with volunteers.
Work Parties are run most Saturday mornings during the autumn and winter. They start at 10am for 2 to 2.5 hours involving many volunteers from the local community. Further information is available under
Background to the Restoration PlanThe North Pond was identified as a number one concern for local people when the Parish Council conducted the Market Town Health Check
As a result the Parish Council instigated a working group "The Bishops Waltham North Pond Working Group" (BWNPWG) to investigate what could be done and to produce a report. Alan Inder was appointed Chairman of this working group.
In March 2010, the draft report was published
It received endorsement from the Parish Council to be taken forward for consultation with the owners of the North Pond and relevant agencies. The owners of the pond are Dukes Holdings Ltd, Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council. The relevant agencies consulted were Portsmouth Water Co., Environment Agency, and Hampshire Wildlife Trust. All responded positively, with support for taking the plan forward.
The BWNPCG was established in November 2010
Following this consultation, the BWNPWG worked hard to see how the plans could be implemented through a combination of volunteers and grant aid. A conclusion reached from the ongoing work was that an organisation needed to be set up which represented all interested parties. This proposition was taken to a public meeting in November 2010 and the Bishops Waltham North Pond Conservation Group (BWNPCG) was created. The BWNPCG will continue and extend the work done to date by the Working Group and will be in a much better position to secure larger grant funding.