HASLEMERE Museum’s wildlife pond is once again full to the brim and back to its very best.
It was running dry due to damaged mortar joints but, thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the museum was able to employ Transform Landscapes to carry restoration work.
The pond was originally created from springs that run through the landscape and over the years has become a paradise for creatures, insects, and plants. Towards the end of last year, water levels started dropping dramatically because of holes in the brick wall that retains the oval shaped pond on one side.
Transform Landscapes, which has been designing, creating and maintaining gardens in the local area for more than 30 years and are a corporate patron of the museum, cleaned out all the loose vegetation and created a collar around the vulnerable side of the pond from clay.
The project was led by Jamie Wild worked for Grayshott Pottery before joining Transform Landscapes.
“This was a huge advantage as Jamie could apply his clay potting skills to create a perfect shape,” sais Transform Landscapes managing director Simon Gray.
Nicholas Harding, the museum premises manager, said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we are extremely grateful to HLF for enabling us to carry out the project which is essential to maintain biodiversity and make sure wildlife continues to flourish.”
“I would also like to thank Transform Landscapes for its support with the project in addition to our dedicated volunteer team for all their hard work. It is wonderful to see the pond restored.”