Our recent Sunday volunteer work party spent several hours clearing the banks of the Coldstream Marsh diversion channel. The aim is to increase light to the aquatic flora and provide basking banks for reptiles while retaining adjacent refuge vegetation.
This short film shows how the team are using Ecoplugs to control tree growth on islands in Fleet Pond.
When you cut down leaf trees, they quickly start to sprout again. An Ecoplug provides an effective way to deal with this. By inserting the plug into a stump, you can kill the tree and stop regrowth.
Ecoplugs reduce the use of chemicals by 90% compared to traditional methods of treating felled leaf trees.
Here the team are using them to control tree growth on one of the islands. They’re applying Ecoplugs to fresh wood immediately after felling. The plan is to prevent regrowth and allow reeds to become established on the island.
There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering).
We meet as usual at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DN at 9.15 a.m. Please park in Kenilworth Road as parking is very restricted at the workshop.
For further information and booking for this event (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.
Fleet Pond Society are looking for a volunteer web designer to take our site to the next level (the current site can be found here).
Fleet Pond Society is a high profile charity that has won a number of regional and local awards for their contributions to conserving Fleet Pond Nature Reserve and also for raising awareness of it’s fauna and flora and fascinating history.
The volunteering position has been advertised on Volunteer North Hampshire and you can see the advert here (and it is also given below).
In 2015 the Fleet Pond Society created a new website to promote Fleet Pond, share its history, publicise key events, provide updates on environmental activities and encourage visitors to appreciate this unique local amenity. See: https://fleetpond.org.uk/
We are now looking for someone to help us make improvements to the website which will include incorporation of our blog and ecommerce functionality.
We are hoping to find a volunteer happy to further develop our website. You will need to be adept at WordPress, web-design and hopefully have some experience in e-commerce.
The volunteer will be able to work remotely and in your own time; however it will be advantageous for the successful candidate to meet with the committee in order to plan and discuss the developments of the website face to face.
Ed. If you know a friend or colleague who may be interested, we’d appreciate it if you could pass on the opportunity.