To add such an exciting aquatic feature to the Wolf Fields conservation site, supporters can register with the Aviva Community Fund and elect A Rocha UK’s project. Making it through to the finals will give the charity the chance to win up to £10,000.
That could mean schoolchildren and families can sit and watch frogs, dragonflies and other wild waterborne mini-beasts buzz and bounce around the flowers and reeds amid an urban residential neighbourhood in West London. Voting closes on 30th May.
After registering, supporters will receive ten votes. Should they wish, they can use all of their votes on Wolf Fields.
If successful, A Rocha UK will use the Aviva award to create this new feature at the Southall site. Plans also include a pond-dipping platform and an underwater camera which will stream all the sub-aquatic action live to a school screen.
‘We hope this pond will not only provide a key water source and habitat for wildlife but also become a point of interest and pride for the Southall community,’ said Conservation Director Andy Lester.
‘We’ve been discussing our plans with the Freshwater Habitats Trust. With their advice – and liaising with our local council rangers – we’ve designed a pond which will be about 15 metres in diameter. We’ll plant up part of the pond with native species, some purchased from a supplier and some carefully transferred from other local ponds.
‘We’ll leave the rest of the pond to colonise naturally. We’ll monitor the pond carefully for invasive plant species and remove them in early stages, so the native plants and wildlife will have a better chance to establish.’
The pond dipping platform and equipment will be used for community events and school visits. A Rocha UK’s education team will supervise the freshwater fun, as part of their popular teaching programme.
The Aviva Community Fund offers people the chance to secure funding for an important cause in their locality. Projects that earn enough votes are entered into the finals, where a judging panel awards the funds.