Video on FPS Achievements for 2015

February 28, 2016

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John Sutton has kindly produced an interesting video that highlights some of the major projects that Fleet Pond Society (FPS) has carried out in 2015. This video was first shown at the FPS AGM last Saturday. A full write up of the AGM will be published shortly.

More information on the important Clearwater Campaign can be found here.


A Walk Around Fleet Pond – Hampshire Life

February 26, 2016

In the February 2016 issue of Hampshire Life magazine there’s a two page spread entitled ‘Things to do in Fleet“.

The article starts by recommending a stroll around Fleet Pond:

Take a walk around Fleet Pond (accessed from the station, Pondtail residential area and an alarmingly pot holed lane off Cove Road). This is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire and is thought to have been created as a fishery as early as the 12th century. Certainly by the 15th century there are records of fish being delivered to the Bishopric of Winchester. Centuries later, following the building of the London to Southampton railway, a new station, Fleet Pond Halt, enabled Fleet Pond to become a popular spot for day trippers with picnicking and swimming in summer and ice skating in winter. Latterly Fleet Pond has become valued as a nature reserve. It was one of the first sites in Hampshire to be designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, back in 1951, and recognised as a Local Nature Reserve in 1977. Its 141 acres include heathland, woodland, reedbed and marsh, as well as the Pond itself, and it is home to various birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers. Last year the Fleet Pond Society, working in partnership with Hart District Council, Natural England and the Environment Agency, achieved Green Flag status for the Pond, and this year the Society celebrates its 40th anniversary.

It then goes on to give recommendations under the categories: Take a Break, Explore, Lunch, Learn a New Skill and finally Eat & Sleep.


Dog Walkers On A Stroll Around The Pond

February 19, 2016

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Nice photo of a group of dog walkers and their various dogs enjoying a relaxed walk around the Pond. It’s one example of the many ways that visitors benefit from having Fleet Pond as a local nature reserve.

Fleet Pond Society AGM This Saturday

February 16, 2016

Fleet Pond Society (FPS) will be having it’s AGM this Saturday, 20th February 2016.

It will be held in St. Philip & St James Church Hall, Kings Rd, Fleet and will start at 7:15 pm. There is free car parking to the rear of the church hall (accessed down the drive to the right of the church accessed from Kings Road).

All members of the public are welcome to attend, not just members of FPS.

Why attend? Items of interest include:

  • An overview of the impact that FPS makes to the upkeep of the Pond and it’s contribution to the local community
  • An opportunity to question the Committee on any matters that may concern you
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • The results of the popular FPS Photographic Competition
  • A raffle (in case you’re feeling lucky!)

There will also be an opportunity for refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Details of the meeting can be found below.

FPS AGM 2016


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

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