Chingford Pond is located to the south and south east of the Burton Park estate and in part defines its boundary with neighbouring Barlavington Estate. It is of cultural significance having formed part of a series of water holding ponds to generate power for Burton Mill, the site of an iron works during Elizabethan period and later modified for grinding corn. From the eighteenth century its significance has largely been as a feature in the picturesque landscape setting of the house. From the mid-C20th the pond silted up and the large body of what had been open water was no longer apparent.
Chingford Pond continues to undergo restoration for its landscape beauty and natural habitat, as part of the wider estate's Historic Park Restoration Plan and Environmental Action Plan. In 2014 a major engineering operation was completed, including re-building a dam, embankment and cascade at the eastern extremity of the pond. This was a multi-disciplinary project involving South Downs National Park Authority, Natural England, West Sussex County Council, The Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Ecologists.
Lady Penelope was commissioned by the resident committee at Burton Park as a partner contractor to the restoration of Chingford Pond and to work with the various agencies to clear the dried pond bed of willow and to manage out invasive plant species, including Japanese knotweed and bamboo. We are also involved with the ongoing restorative work as part of a Landscape Restoration Plan, which includes the monitoring and management of water levels, tree surgery and bridge building. In addition to this we will be creating and managing new habitats to allow the return of a rare aquatic snail called the Desmoulins Whorl Snail and Dormice.
Following its restoration, Chingford Pond has regained its beauty as a landscape feature and as a natural habitat for wildlife, including a rare species of whorl snail. Our key ongoing work includes the creation of new dormice habitats, tree planting to create buffer strips as well as regular logging and analysing dam and reservoir water flows.
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