Local volunteers help to clear island on West Dean Pond
21 December 2016

Volunteers have been helping South East Water’s Environment team to clear and coppice one of the islands on West Dean Pond in Friston Forest.

The group from West Dean, along with the South Downs National Park Volunteer Ranger Service, have been working on the pond and surrounding area, which is owned and managed by South East Water.

Maintaining both islands on the pond is part of the company’s long-term environmental management plan. The island is a haven for wildlife, such as local indigenous nesting birds like robins, great tits, blue tits, moorhens and several other species.

Over the past year the island had become overgrown with brambles and willow scrub and urgently needed clearing.

South East Water’s Environmental Officer Alex Stephens said: “This is an annual task that we undertake and we are very grateful to the volunteers from West Dean and the South Downs National Park scheme for all their help.

“I’m particularly grateful to Mark Lamb and Robin Lloyd from the village who provided us with a boat to access the island. This project forms part of our company’s commitment to enhance biodiversity at the sites we manage.”