Project to revamp park’s pond

Daniel and Katie Sephton launch the appeal to raise �70,000 to redevelop the pond area at Manor Road Park watched by members of the friend of Manor Road park 110836a
Daniel and Katie Sephton launch the appeal to raise �70,000 to redevelop the pond area at Manor Road Park watched by members of the friend of Manor Road park 110836a

A NEGLECTED pond area at a Scarborough park could soon be given a new lease of life thanks to the work of a community group.

The Friends of Manor Road Park have launched an appeal to raise £70,000 to redevelop the entire pond area and transform it into a wildlife attraction.

Chairman Malcolm Short said: “At the moment the pond is just an eyesore. We want to completely redevelop it and make it into a proper wildlife pond.

“We would like to be able to arrange school nature visits and allow children to come along and learn more about wildlife.”

Mr Short said that around £100,000 has already been spent on improvements to the park, which include a new playground, fruit trees, picnic benches and a wildflower meadow.

He added: “The pond has been an eyesore for years now and we just want to make the park nice for the public and for schools.

“I remember playing there as a child and seeing frogs and newts. I would like children to be able to do that now.

“It’s also about the older generation as lots of people enjoy walking in the park.

“If we could get the pond done it would increase the appeal of the area even more dramatically.”

Mr Short said the park has always been popular but has become even more so since the improvements were carried out.

The Friends group is now in the process of looking at grant applications and raising the profile of the project.

Mr Short said: “It’s early days at the moment but we’re keen to make people aware of what we’d like to achieve.” For more information call Malcolm on (01723) 367987 or email mshort@centralward.net