A popular pond in Holland Park used by schoolchildren to learn about life cycles and habitats will be rebuilt after Tesco confirmed it would provide a grant of at least £8,000.
The Ecology Centre successfully applied for a funding from the supermarket and Groundwork’s Bags of Life initiative.
It has now been shortlisted with two other community groups, and shoppers at the Holland Park and Kensington Tesco branches are being asked which project should receive three grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000.
The welcome news comes as the existing pond in the park has been hit with a series of problems caused by its existing liner. It has resulted in low water and oxygen levels which made it difficult for children to pond dip last summer.
In addition algal and bacterial bloom has developed and affected diversity of the species living in pond.
The new pond will be build on the site of the current pond and be shallower, allowing for a better habitat for wildlife.
The wildlife pond is used by schools and community groups in the area. In the spring and summer terms up to ten classes a week use it as part of their sessions on lifecycles and habitats.
The new pond will also be open to the general public over the course of the year through events like family open days and free walks.
Kensington and Chelsea Council say a grant of £8,000 would go on building the new pond. But a grant of £12,000 would be used for wider habitat work around the pond, like the addition of a marsh area and further marginal planting to expand species diversity.
The grants are the proceeds from the 5p charge for plastic bags which the government introduced last October. Work is expected to get underway in near the end of the year.
To cast your vote visit a Tesco store in the Holland Park area and vote Holland Park Wildlife Pond before March 12. More information is available here .