Brighton pond work gets underway

Image caption Vegetables grown on-site are shared with participants in the scheme

Work has begun on developing a community pond run by a food project in Brighton.

The Whitehawk Community Food Project is extending its pond as well as improving water storage tanks used to recycle water on the one-acre site.

Volunteers working on the project grow vegetables and fruit throughout the year, which are shared out among them or cooked on-site to share.

Southern Water has donated nearly £2,000 for the work.

John Fryer, chairman of the food project, said: "We have built a large wildlife pond that provides a great focal point for discussion of water issues but currently there is only rough grass and a lack of comfortable seating.

"We also want to build a run-off pond below the existing one where we would cultivate watercress and other aquatic plants."

He said the project also runs a series of water-conservation workshops covering a range of low-water gardening techniques.

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