The National Lottery has come to the rescue for residents in the borough of Eastbourne. Improvements to the Decoy pond in Hampden Park have now been given the green light thanks to a cash injection of £50,000. The Friends of the Hampden Park were successful in gaining the grant from the National Lottery. This added to the £60,000 already provided by Eastbourne Borough Council will allow the renovations to begin.

Sandy Boyce-Sharpe, chairman of the Friends of the Hampden Park, said “the Friends were delighted.” She added, “The main aim of the Friends when it was set up seven years ago was the restoration of the Decoy Pond and this is now achievable.” “Our grateful thanks also go to everyone who contributed to the pond appeal which will be used to top up any shortfall.”

Councillor Steve Wallis, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Eastbourne Borough Council, commented, “It is fantastic news to hear the Friends have secured £50,000 to put towards the budget already committed by the council for the Decoy Pond Project.”

The Decoy Pond at Hampden Park has been in existence for over 100 years, years of neglect and the accumulation of silt has resulted in the pond not containing a balanced ecology system.

If you have your own garden water feature, you can help to ensure the ecosystem remains balanced by using pond filters, cleaning solutions and pond pumps to oxygenate and keep the water fresh.

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