Aqua-scopes will reveal pond life secrets at village school

Children will have the chance to look beneath the surface of their school pond once a restoration project has been completed.

They will also be able to watch comings and goings at newly-installed frog and toad homes, start pond dipping again, and encourage biodiversity.


The pond at High Hurstwood Primary School has been an important habitat for amphibians for the past 40 years but its lining has degraded and these days it won’t hold much water.

A grant from SLM Toyota Uckfield, made through the Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow, will help to change that.


High Hurstwood Primary School children with Simon Evinson and Mel Ball of SLM Toyota Uckfield who presented them a cheque for £875. Also in the picture is headteacher Jane Cook.

Headteacher Jane Cook reminded pupils at an assembly yesterday about the “fantastic ideas” they had for the pond and how they would be able to put the £875 grant towards making them a reality.

The pond lies next door to an eco-garden that the pupils started building last year and restoring the pond will enhance that project.

Important habitat

The school said in its grant application: “The pond has been an important habitat for amphibians, but after 40 years the lining has degraded to the extent the pond is no longer holding much water.

“As well as restoring the pond habitat the school will purchase resources, for use by the children, to build and explore the pond habitat, including pond-dipping resources, frog/toad homes, and Aqua-scopes to enable the children to view underwater.”


The school says restoration should enable the pond to continue supporting an important aquatic habitat within the school grounds for local wildlife, biodiversity, and amphibians, for the next 30 years.

The school hopes to hold nature days with parents and the wider community to promote environment awareness and engage in national and other local initiatives too.


SLM Toyota Uckfield general manager Simon Evinson and marketing manager Mel Ball presented the cheque during the school assembly.

Mel said afterwards that it was a wonderful occasion and the company was pleased to be able to make a difference to the community project by presenting the money.


She added they were looking forward to seeing work on the pond progress and would be keeping in touch with the school so that photo updates can be added to the SLM Toyota website.

• Another SLM Toyota Uckfield grant from the Toyota fund has been presented to Rocks Park Primary School. Read more here: Rocks Park schoolchildren will soon have their own polytunnel.

• Read more about SLM Toyota Uckfield in their premium listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Car Dealers, Car Repairs, Car Servicing, MOTs, or New Cars.

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