Join Us For A Scrumptious Meal At El Castello

February 13, 2016

FPS El Castello 2016

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Volunteer Event This Sunday, 14 February

February 10, 2016

There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering).

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by doing some more crucial work up on the Dry Heath by the reserve car park. Birch to remove and some gorse to coppice.

We have decided to throw caution to the wind – well in a carefully selected site anyway – and have a bonfire near the work site. There is already a pile of cut material to burn as a start. Weather permitting, this means we could have potatoes to bake so why not take one home as a Valentine present?

Waterproof boots advisable after all the rain but wellies probably not needed.”

For further information and booking (which is essential as tools and resources have to be planned beforehand), please contact Hart Countryside Services:

Phone: 01252 623443
Email: countryside@hart.gov.uk

The Sunday volunteer tasks are supervised by a Hart Countryside Ranger together with members of Fleet Pond Society.

Ed. I’m not sure the gift of a warm potato is the best way to a loved one’s heart but perhaps it’s the thought that counts :-) Either way, we wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day!


Sandhurst to Swallowfield Walk

February 7, 2016

Walk the Path 2016


Introducing Nick Macfarlane, Fleet Pond Ranger

February 3, 2016

Nick Macfarlane Hart Ranger s

We’re happy to introduce Nick Macfarlane, the new Ranger for Fleet Pond (replacing Rachel Jones who has now moved to New Zealand). Here are a few words that describe Nick’s background as well as the wide-ranging skills and experience that he brings to the job:

“I am very much looking forward to my new role as the new Fleet Pond Ranger. Before I started at Hart District Council I worked for Essex Wildlife Trust as a ranger on an ex-MOD coastal grassland and wetland site which featured a number of listed structures. 

In 2012 I completed my BSc (hons) Conservation & Countryside Management at the University of the West of England, Gloucestershire. Prior to this I studied at Merrist Wood, obtaining a National Diploma in Countryside Management.

I have a keen interest in all things conservation, particularly the management of wetland habitats, bat ecology and historical features. The work I enjoyed the most in my previous role was working with volunteers and so I am excited to have the opportunity to work with all those involved with Fleet Pond.”


A Big Thank You To All Our Readers

January 21, 2016

Air Ambulance at Sandy Bay

A picture from the first blog post on July 23, 2008 – an air ambulance at Sandy Bay!

David Pottinger (Blog Editor) writes:

To our readers, we’re really grateful for the interest you have shown in this local blog over the last 7 years, and we’re delighted that we’ve now had over 150,000 views!

In addition, many thanks for all the invaluable contributions, both text and photos, over this period from a wide variety of people. However special mention should be made for Colin Gray, FPS Chairman, who has provided some quite fascinating information and stories on the Pond.

If anyone would like to see articles on special subjects (relevant to Fleet Pond) or would perhaps like to submit an article, please do not hesitate to contact me (details here).


New Bridge At Guildford Road

January 18, 2016

2016-01-15 Team at Bridge s

Some of the volunteers that upgraded the Guildford Road bridge

David Pottinger writes:

A team of Fleet Pond Society (FPS) volunteers, lead by Terry Austin, has recently significantly upgraded the bridge at the end of Guildford Road (see pictures below). This involved demolishing the existing one (that was showing it’s age and had no side rails) and inserting a brand new one. It took about a day and a half of effort, including sawing, digging, placing a heavy metal base and making sure everything was level and firm.

Guildford Rd Bridge 2016

The freshly completed bridge

This refurbishment is a good example of the sort of task that FPS carry out at the Pond for the benefit of the local community.

The photos below show the entrance to the bridge (on the rhs) from the road as well as some early users!

Steetview Guildford Rd Bridge

The bridge is at the bottom of the road on the rhs

2016-01-13 Guildford Rd Bridge 1s

A dog walker about to start a walk around the Pond

2016-01-13 Guildford Rd Bridge 2s

Two local Nordic walkers about to set off

FPS carry out this type of work via donations and membership subscriptions (volunteer time is given for free of course but materials need to be bought).

If you would like to support us in our activities, please see Donations or FPS Membership. Alternatively if you would like to volunteer your time and skills, please contact the FPS Chairman Colin Gray.

Top photo courtesy of Geoff Dee, road view taken from Google Street View.


Volunteer Event This Sunday, 10 January

January 6, 2016

There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering).

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“Happy New Year to all our intrepid volunteers!

The task for the 10th January will be up on the Dry Heath, near the reserve car park. We will be removing birch saplings and thinning and/or coppicing selected gorse shrubs.

No fire this time. Everything is very wet anyway, but it is never safe to make fires on heathland as the heat can get into the peat layer and spread underground.

The soil will be wet, so wellies or waterproof boots recommended. Gorse is very prickly stuff so ensure you bring, or borrow from us, some protective gloves and wear “prickle-proof” clothing.

Hope to see you all there.”

For further information and booking (which is essential as tools and resources have to be planned beforehand), please contact Hart Countryside Services:

Phone: 01252 623443
Email: countryside@hart.gov.uk

The Sunday volunteer tasks are supervised by a Hart Countryside Ranger together with members of Fleet Pond Society.

Details of the programme from September 2015 to March 2016 can be found below.

Fleet Volunteer Poster 201516 FINAL


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