BUDDING architects at a primary school have been drawing up plans for a new pond area to share with the whole community.
Almost 300 pupils aged from three to 13 years at West Hill Park School in Titchfield have come up with a range of bright ideas for the new development.
It comes after it won £3,000 funding from Hampshire and Fareham councils.
Youngsters have already made a head start on some of the furniture by building benches out of wood from their woodland area – which already boasts an outdoor classroom used by local schools.
Grace Rowe, 13, who helped make the benches, said: ‘It’s going to be brilliant area where we can explore wildlife as well as enjoy the outdoors.’
Hamish Cameron-Eveleigh, nine, has designed a model with a rowing boat in the 12m by 9m pond and a shed for people to take shelter.
He said: ‘I want the area to be used all year round.’
Eleanor Parry, 10, came up with the idea of a gazebo with decking leading out into the centre of the pond.
She said: ‘It would be nice to walk across the pond and explore all the wildlife.
‘I’m so pleased we’ve had an input – I hope other schools like it!’
Emma Simpson, 10, made a computer illustration of the pond with a drawbridge across it and an island in the middle for ducks to sit on.
She explained: ‘I wanted to be able to pull up the bridge so foxes wouldn’t get to the ducks at night!
‘This pond means so much to us. It will increase our wildlife and our opportunities to learn from it.’
All the designs will go on display at the school on January 25 when the best ideas will be chosen. Building works are due to start in Easter.
Alastair Ramsay, headmaster, said: ‘The children will be using the facility so we thought it made sense for them to have a say in what it looks like and give them ownership of it.
‘The ideas I’ve seen so far are fantastic. We’re looking forward to opening it up for the whole community to enjoy.’