Julia Hartley and I are taking an enthusiastic stroll around the picturesque Burton Mill Pond, a holding pond for the once productive mill of the same name in the Burton Park Estate.
Passing from the old lodge house, we find evidence of its former glory in a delightful avenue of ancient and colossal sweet chestnut trees.
The pond is just south of Petworth and close to the village of Duncton. It is also part of Burton Park Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated nationally important for its wetland habitats, rare plants, birdlife, and invertebrate populations. Chingford Pond is designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI).
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