Friends of Saintbridge Pond
SAINTBRIDGE POND NATURE RESERVE
Some of the FOSP team on a working day at the pond.
“A massive well done and many congratulations on achieving a Green Flag Award for 2017. This is great news and a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.
Share with the wider group of Friends and volunteers that assist in maintaining and improving the pond and allotments. I have a Green Flag for you which we can arrange to be presented in the near future.”
Dave Pritchard, Green Flag Award
The Green Flag Award scheme celebrates the very best parks and green spaces – across the UK and further afield. Now in its 21st year, Green Flags fly over 1,700 sites, that’s equal to 64,300 Wembley football pitches in England alone. Sites are judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, community involvement and providing a warm welcome.
Check out the report on the Gloucester News Centre
Cllr Richard Cook, said:
“These awards are a great recognition of all the volunteer hours and the significant amount of partnership working between many different organisations that make these areas some of the best maintained open spaces in the country.”
Latest Bird Sightings
Check out the latest bird sightings at Saintbridge Pond
Pond Silt Clearing
Once every couple of years the pond has the silt cleared in the summer.
Annual Green Flag Inspection
The team escorting the Green Flag annual inspection answering questions.
Redesigning & Maintenance
We are constantly trying to improve the pond area and walks for visitors.
If you would like to help for an hour or two, on a weekday or
weekend with this work, please contact us: 07752 061113
Young helpers lending a hand on a day at the pond.
Feeding Area Improvement
In April 2017 the trees have been coppiced surrounding the feeding area. This allows more light in, but members of the public were concerned they may not recover. However, they have over the spring/summer and will continue to flourish the rest of the year until the autumn.
Renovation work is about to start on the feeding area within the roped off area, we apologise for the inconvenience during this work which should completed in a couple of weeks.
Asda Green Token £200 Award
Marilyn with Amy Palmer Community Champion for the Asda Foundation receiving a cheque for £200 from the Green Token scheme. The Friends of Saintsbridge Pond are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Asda staff.
What We Do
Maintaining the pond for the wildlife and future generations.
Friends of Saintbridge Pond is a voluntary body that manages the pond and the surrounding habitat for the benefit of the wildlife and local residents to come and relax and enjoy nature.
We aim to make navigation around the pond safe and easy for all visitors with signs to various areas and safety messages for all to see. The pond is fed by Sud Brook and the River Twyver from both sides Abbeydale, with tributories originating from beyond the M5 motorway.
We have a array of wildlife around the pond and some interesting vistors from time to time. With our resident wild life expert we catalogue visits of wild life and if we are quick we try and photograph the visitor(s) too! Why not visit us and see what we do, join us even?
Saintbridge Pond is open to the public all year round, and is free, what better place to aquaint yourself with wildlife. If you visit us on a working day our volunteers are always willing to explain the pons and the work we do to conserve the area.
We are easy to find, situated just off the main B4073 Painswick Road take Askwith Road, and first right into Cheyney Close, the pond and surrounding parkland is behind the garages at the end of the Close. Limited parking is available behind the garages.
Working in partnership with Gloucester City Council who co-fund the project with others, providing materials and technical facilities when required. A great example of the local authority working together with others to bring about a better environment.
We work very closely with ajoining projects including Saintbridge Nature who together with FOSP take care of the wildlife and birds that live around the pond.
Making it Amazing
The Rotary Club of Gloucester has been instrumental in many of our projects, raising money to help our voluntary work in the community to keep this pond and the surrounding area somewhere that is safe for wildlife and a pleasure for locals to visit.
Get in touch, we would love to hear from you.