Colin Gray writes:
It has been necessary to provide access to Fleet Pond for heavy machinery for dredging of the lake and for dumper trucks to move extracted silt, once it has dried, for a heathland restoration programme adjacent to Bramshott Heath.
Visitors will have seen the wide gravel track laid parallel to the railway line and a wide jetty at Boathouse Corner. Sadly this required demolition of a fishing jetty and removal of the recently installed History Board.
An elite team of Last of the Summer Wine (LSW) volunteers has now put the History Board back at Boathouse Corner, out of danger from the dredgers and trucks. On a very wet Friday the team dug two new holes and cemented the board in its new position (see above).
In order to tidy the area (which has become rather an eyesore as a result of the works), the LSW team has ambitions to clear and level the area behind the History Board and install two new benches.
Fishermen who have not been able to fish from this corner while dredging operations were underway, should be able to fish from the new, wide jetty this summer.
Editor: Fleet Pond Society have recently produced an attractive pamphlet (sample page below) that surveys the history of Fleet Pond. Please see here for more details and a free download. The pamphlet is also available for viewing in Fleet Library.
Sample Page From ‘A History Of Fleet Pond’