50 people joined the walk around the pond, looking at the new accessible trail, benches, cycle racks and picnic tables.
One striking installation got everybody’s attention - the upturned tree forming the centrepiece of the newly installed natural play area. City Corporation staff brought a section of one of Epping Forest’s venerable Oaks from High Beach, which fell over a few years back, and contractors Ground Control used a large digger to upturn and install it amongst timber steps and weaving poles.
The LLP formed in 2000 and has been helping the City Corporation to look after Jubilee Pond ever since. Organising scrub clearance, family activities and regular litter picking tasks, they have been closely involved with recent relining and landscaping works. The Lakehouse group helped to build the pond dipping platform and local children will have the chance to examine the creatures that live in the lake on 15 September.
Deputy Chairman of the City Corporation’s Epping Forest Committee, Stanley Ginsburg, hails from Forest Gate and has fond memories of sailing his model boat here as a lad. In particular, he remembered the contribution of Dave Salt, one of the founding members of LLP, who campaigned tirelessly to secure the future of Jubilee Pond for everyone to enjoy.
He said: “It is heartening to see that throughout the works the local community has been enjoying the new facilities and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Lakehouse Chair Dennis Stone said: “We’re pleased to have had the opportunity to be involved and influence the project from beginning to end, from design drawings to site meetings.”
Landscaping is being undertaken by Ground Control to the designs of Chris Blandford Associates. The relining was by Kingcombe Aquacare. The works were funded by the City Corporation, Heritage Lottery Fund and Metropolitan Police.
The City of London Corporation has also cleared scrub from between the roadside and the lake and will lift the canopy of the Plane trees to further enhance the landscape. LLP will continue to be involved in the maintenance of these areas, helping with cutting the regrowth and maintaining the re-established grassland, as well as planting around the pond.