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Hospice nets £80,000 to restore Victorian pond

A Victorian heritage pond set in the stunning grounds of a hospice is to be restored to its former glory thanks to an £80,000 grant.
Pic B Pond waiting for restoration work (cropped)
Saint Francis Hospice applied to the Veolia North Thames Trust (VNTT), which supports community projects, for funding to repair the beautiful 150-year-old ornamental pond and garden wall in its grounds in Havering-atte-Bower.

Earlier this year the hospice drained the pond to carry out what was initially believed to be minor repairs but it soon discovered the damage was much more considerable. 
"We are incredibly grateful to Veolia for supporting this project to restore our ornamental pond as it is a wonderful feature in the garden," said Laura Hill, Trusts and Grant Manager at the hospice.

"The hospice is proud of its award winning garden with its variety of trees, shrubs and flowers which offers a peaceful, quiet and comfortable setting for patients, staff and visitors." 

This is the second time the trust has supported the charity. Doug Benjafield, VNTT Chairman said "The Trust was delighted to be able to support such a wonderful project. The pond will bring pleasure to both the patients and their families, who on warmer days, will be able to sit in the garden facing the pond and watch the many creatures that will make the pond home".

Last year VNTT gave the hospice a £16,000 grant towards its Pemberton rose project to help make the grounds more accessible and safer for the visiting public. 

Pic B Pond waiting for restoration work
The pond in its former glory

Pic B Pond waiting for restoration work
The pond today awaiting restoration