Lavender Pond Local Nature Reserve
Lavender Pond Nature Park was created in 1981 (becoming a designated local nature reserve in 2006) and is one of the oldest urban nature reserves in the country. The main feature is the pond itself with over an acre of freshwater and extensive beds of water lilies. A boardwalk allows access through extensive stands of reed, a colourful marsh area and a wet alder woodland.
The park was created on the site of an old timber pond and the dock walls and locks still remain. The old pump house next to the park has been refurbished with a river shore museum, classrooms and a resident teacher. Thousands of children visit the site each year to discover the wealth of natural history and meet the needs of the national curriculum.
The park provides a resource for creative ecology and conservation. The site demonstrates how new habitats can be created for both wildlife and local people allowing contact with nature and a place where people can develop appreciation for the environment through community involvement, education and training.
Lavender pond is a key demonstration site acknowledged as far a field as Japan and Korea as a prime example of good practice in the design of new nature parks. Lavender Pond has laid down some ground rules for new urban ecological sites such as the Bow Creek Ecology Park, the new Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park and the wildfowl centre at Barnes.
The site is wardened on a full time basis.