Pond Dipping at South Pond
We had the pleasure of taking an assembly at four of our local primary schools talking about the pond and the effects of bread on the wildlife.
Following this we have been pleased to welcome lots of children from local schools (Midhurst Primary, Stedham Primary, Conifers) to learn more about the pond and to do some water testing and pond dipping to find out about the water quality and what is living there. They all understood that the water quality is poor and we were unlikely to find much life in the samples.
In spite of that, the children, aged from 3 to 11, all seemed to enjoy the experience and we gained some scientific information about invertebrate life in the pond. They were also able to explore some good samples from a nearby garden pond so they could see what we hope to find once the pond has been improved. Our thanks to all those adults who helped with these sessions. They were great fun.
Snowdrops and Bluebells
We planted snowdrops and bluebells along Jubilee Path last Autumn. We have enjoyed the snowdrops and now hopefully look forward to seeing some of the bluebells.
Madhurst Weekend August 2013
South Pond Group had a marquee on the grounds to join in the festivities and also publicise the Group and the exciting programme which lay ahead. Leaflets were distributed and displays took many visitors interest.
Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth plants a Community Orchard.
On Friday 23rd November 2013 the Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth planted a community orchard on Jubilee Path, as a contribution to the Woodland Trust Jubilee Wood Project.
The weather was fine, after much rain, and a good number of companies and groups that had donated trees turned out to plant their tree, and this made for a happy and successful occasion. The South Pond Group was also there to lend a hand. Thirty five fruit trees were planted: apples, pears, plums and cherries.
Future plans include installing an interpretation board to commemorate the Rotary gift, and to describe the trees and their place in the ecology of the area, and perhaps to place a bench in a pleasant place so that the orchard can be enjoyed by all.
This will be a lasting legacy to the Community of Midhurst and District
South Pond Group Spring Event
The South Pond Group Spring Event took place on 4th May 2012. There was a marque with information on the environmental challenges at South Pond, and what we hope to do about them. We were joined by the South Downs National Park Authority, and approximately 100 people passed through between 10.00 and about 2.00 to discuss these issues, and find out about the pond.
There was also a well-attended exhibition of posters designed by the children of Midhurst Primary School, on the theme of “Please do not feed the ducks”. The posters explained why this is harmful for the ducks, and for the landscape, and will be compiled into a booklet.
Working parties pulled a great deal of litter and rubbish out of a small part of the stream and removed Himalayan Balsam along it’s length. This is an ongoing project which as you will see is to continue in our 2014 programme.