THE future of a beauty spot has been secured after a £100,000 repair scheme.
The Slipper Mill Pond, which sits on the Hampshire and West Sussex border in Emsworth, desperately needed repairs to its footpaths and banks, which were deteriorating after many years of tidal erosion.
Now, after eight years of hard work by the volunteers of the Slipper Mill Pond Preservation Society, the repairs have been completed.
Nick Madina, chairman of the society, battled to find funding and had to find suitable contractors to do the work since the need to do something was identified in 2003.
He said: ‘The thing that’s very rewarding is the works have been completed in time for the breeding season.
‘In the last few days the birds have been pairing up.
‘You can hear them going “phew, we have got the pond to ourselves”.’
The path on the western side of the pond was in danger of subsiding and the path was also becoming unstable.
Mr Madina added: ‘Since 1962 volunteers of one group or another have been looking after it, it’s been repaired, repaired and repaired.
‘The banks on one of the sections were starting to fail. As work started it was starting to sink. It would not have been a long time before the path and the centre sections were in trouble.’
Half the money for the repair work was awarded by the LEADER project, which is part of the Rural Development Programme for England. The project also had major input from the Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council. Go to smppa.org.uk