Pond dipping pool & platform - coming soon!

We're delighted to be able to announce that a Herefordshire Wildlife Trust project to create a dipping pond at Bodenham has been selected to receive a grant award of £8,000 from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative.

About the award

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales and this scheme awarded our project £8,000!

Our project

A dipping pond was requested by the Queenswood and Bodenham Lake users who attended public consultation events held in a number of local community halls in the area and in nearby market towns. Further community consultation using online questionnaires and through questionnaires at events has confirmed that this is a popular idea much wanted by the community.

Currently, the steep sides and depth of Bodenham Lake prevent children from being able to explore it. The grant of £8,000 will enable us to create a new pond with a dipping platform which will allow children to dip their nets and identify a whole range of mini-beasts in the pond (from tadpoles to water scorpions!) in a safe manner. It will encourage families to spend quality time together, to learn about the local wildlife and to spend time outdoors together improving their health and wellbeing.

Once the pond has been created, we'll be able to organise outdoor fun and learning activities for everyone! The pond will be designed to be used by families, schools, community groups and will have full wheelchair access for people with disabilities. 

Funds from Bags of Help will enable local people not only to visit the pond, but also to access it in a safe manner, with the support of staff. Staff working for the Wildlife Trust have a specialist knowledge and passion for local wildlife which they are keen to share.

The pond will create new, high quality habitats attracting a wide range of wildlife for the public to enjoy, including newts, dragonflies, bats and toads. The edges of the pond will be a perfect site for aquatic plants to grow, such as the beautiful yellow flag iris.