Work has now commenced on the renovation of the pond at Worthing hospice St Barnabas House, enabled by a £10,000 grant from Southern Water.
The grant from Southern Water will fund the year-long project to renovate the pond, making it more accessible for patients and families and transforming it into a tranquil place for the hospice and a haven for wildlife.
After two days’ worth of work with a Truxor amphibious machine (pictured) which was used to cut back reeds around edges of the pond, the results are remarkable.
Nick Jones is part of the Maintenance and Grounds Team at St Barnabas House and is responsible for looking after the gardens around the hospice.
He said: “As the summer arrives the wild flowers will come out and all the regrowth of the Cornus (Dogwood) will emerge. There will be new reeds and lilies growing so the pond will really come to life. Look out for the moorhens, it’s their favourite place.”
Renovation of the pond has been enabled by a £10,000 grant to the charity, pledged by local water company Southern Water, who last year announced that St Barnabas House was its chosen charity for its annual regional grant in Sussex.
Steve Williams, Head of Estates at the hospice, said: “We are so grateful to Southern Water for providing a £10,000 grant for us to get the pond area cleared.
“We are looking at various options for the next stage, finding long-term ways to keep the pond maintained at a low cost. A bridge is planned so we can keep the pond clear more easily and patients and families can enjoy the feature too.”
Beverley Thompson, Community Campaigns and Engagement Manager for Southern Water, added: “We are so pleased to be able to help with the pond project. We hope the pond will be a place where patients, families and staff at St Barnabas will find a peaceful haven and perhaps a place where some happy memories will be made.”
Work on the pond is ongoing and is due for completion within the year.