The islands in the pond were also reshaped and improved in several ways to create attractive features, refuges and breeding places for water fowl.
Huge natural Portland stones were purchased to create a feature, and a large number of tree trunk logs were obtained from the Forestry Commission to provide scattered features which would also serve as seating. Picnic benches were a later addition.
A bund (a metre-high earth bank) was built, east to west, across most of the width of the park to protect dwellings at the Southern end from flooding. This bund is, of course, at the low end of the park and, in places, is only 15 ft., or so South of the pond.
A large number of young trees were planted, most are decorative and some are flowering. A smaller number of shrubs, some flowering, were also planted.
A car park was planned for the park proper but was eventually provided at the Southern end of the cart track close to Boxalls Lane. A cycle track was considered but abandoned.
The large Portland stone "feature" has over the years suffered some fire damage from various bonfires being lit within the centre of the circle of stones. This section has been filled in with hardcore overlaid with clay and compacted to raise the internal level within the stones to try and prevent any "chimney" effect and to minimise injuries from persons clambering on the rocks and falling into the relatively deep centre. [back] [top]
The tree trunk logs are still in evidence and are still being used as seats, once they were set into the ground, as up until that point they were continually being rolled into the pond from where they had to be recovered. [back] [top]
These wooden picnic benches lasted for about 10 years and then became a vandalism target being spray painted, dismantled and set alight. As a trial one bench was replaced with a rather ugly galvanized unit but this also was subject to even more concerted vandalism attempts so the decision was made to remove all the benches entirely. [back] [top]
So far, in the thirty year life of the park, this flooding risk has never materialised. Very heavy rains have happened several times but the pond level has never risen more than 18in from its normal level. Some of this is attributed to the flow restriction of the main 15in pipe that empties into the pond and also drains it. [back] [top]