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Folkestone Gardens Pond
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Folkestone Gardens Pond
Details of the next stage of the regeneration
Photo courtesy of Ben Roberts
Background

In 2018 we raised £75K from the Veolia Environment Trust to overhaul the pond in Folkestone Gardens. This was one of your top priorities highlighted in our 2016 park users' survey. Many users felt the pond was neglected, over-grown and infested with rats. The pond liner is damaged.

In November 2019 Glendale Services stripped back the island clearing the scrub and cutting back the diseased willow trees. The willows will grow back.
Next Steps

Starting this week (22nd January 2020) the pond will be drained, de-silted and then relined with a new wetland area being installed using the excess silts.

The island will be made slightly smaller and there will be sections of rock rolls and some oak edging installed around the pond. This will improve the habitat for wildlife, nesting wildfowl, and extend the life of the pond for many years to come.
The drawing here shows how the pond will look after the works are completed. We'll have a deeper pond with more water surface area and a new wetland zone which will bring greater biodiversity to the park.
Impact & Safety

It is anticipated that works will take 7-weeks. Large diggers will be involved.

There will be some temporary disruption whilst work is being carried out as sections of the pond area and pathways surrounding it will need to be closed off for safety reasons.

This includes school routes through the park and of course the cycle route (Quietway 1). If the path is closed please look for alternative routes. The contractor hopes not to have to close both paths either side of the pond but this may be neccessary.

Please also be aware that there will be workmen and machinery operating in the area around the pond and at the northern entrance to the park off Trudleys Road/Surrey Canal Road.

The works will look destructive but the area will quickly recover. Wildfowl will return and we will have a better environment for all. Trees and foliage will rejuvenate when spring arrives.

The works are being carried out by Miles Water Engineering and being managed by Glendale Services under contract with Lewisham Council. DeptfordFolk are managing the funds and the relationship with the funders themselves.
Public notices are being posted around the pond and leaflets are available from Festa sul Prato. Please share this message with anyone you think might be affected by the works.
Thank you.
If you have queries or questions please contact us via EMAIL or through Glendale Services on 0208 318 3986
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