Over the last few months the Friends of Grovelands Park have applied to the Mayor of London fund for a grant to create a wildlife pond in the boggy area that has been cleared up stream from the Branscombe Bridge. We have also applied for Lottery Heritage grants for this and to repair and continue the boardwalk to provide access for all visitors especially the disabled and visitors with push chairs. The scheme would also involve using the material dug out from the pond to re0inforce the banks up streaming to prevent flooding, whilst the Wildlife pond would also have a safe dipping platform families and children from schools can explore the wildlife in the pond. The creation of this natural pond would also visually enhance that part of the park as an added feature.
Unfortunately we were not successful in our application to the Mayor of London Fund and the arrival of the Corona virus has cancelled all the Lottery Heritage Fund applications. We are now back to where we started except we have a commitment for some match funding from the LBE but if anybody has any idea for other sources of funding for this important project we would love to hear from you.