Prior to work commencing last Autumn, the pond had been suffering for several years.  Large numbers of wildfowl were amongst other problems contributing to poor water quality, algal blooms and fish deaths. The introduction of new vegetation will greatly increase the aesthetics, help to improve water quality and improve wildlife habitat.
As part of the project, Portsmouth CC have created new bays in the paved-edge of the longest bank. These are now going to be planted with a range of locally sourced native plants, all of which have been allocated to where they’ll grow best. When all the work is finished, the newly restored pond will be a sustainable urban recreational area with access for all.
Hannah Wright, Environment Agency Fisheries Project Officer said:
“It is a long term aim of the project to hopefully restore fishing facilities in a few years time. This work has significantly improved Baffins Pond for the many members of the public that use it for recreational purposes, as well as increasing disabled access.”
Peter Burrard-Lucas, Senior Landscape Architect from Portsmouth City Council said:
“The city council has been keen to improve the wildlife habitat and the appearance of Baffins Pond for some years, but it was not until we set up the partnership with the Baffins Pond Association, the Portsmouth and District Angling Society and the Environment Agency that we were able to get the project off the ground. I hope that when the wetland plants are established people will be able to appreciate the benefits of a wonderful new wildlife habitat”.