Friends of Severn Farm Pond

Friends of Severn Farm Pond

Friends of Severn Farm Pond litterpicking group March 2017 © MWT

‘Friends of Severn Farm Pond’ are a group of volunteers who aim to create a high quality community hub for all to enjoy at Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve

The constituted and much valued volunteer group started up in January 2017 to continue the opportunity for local people to take part in supportive and sociable volunteering in an outdoor setting. The group has a reciprocal and closely affiliated relationship with the Trust.  Membership is free and open to all who have an interest in the reserve and numbers are growing thanks to the dedicated leadership and welcoming attitude of the members

Friends of Severn Farm Pond at work copyright Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Friends of Severn Farm Pond at work © MWT

Groups aims

 

Create a community hub for all to enjoy

 To improve  access and facilities

To strengthen partnerships

Providing volunteer support for MWT projects and events

Fundraising and encouraging wider use of the site

Developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of group members         

Friends of Severn Farm Pond with Green Flag

Friends of Severn Farm Pond group with Green Flag

Achievements so far:-

The ‘Friends’ meet to take part in weekly volunteering sessions that can be as varied as general reserve maintenance and habitat management, to repairing infrastructure, to fundraising for and building showcase and educational structures on the site, for example ‘Bugkingham Palace’ (see below).

The ‘Friends’ dedication has proved invaluable in raising the profile to the wider business community, visiting groups and members of the public, increasing interest, strengthening partnerships and increasing a natural affiliation to the site and the wildlife species that calls it home.

  • Boardwalk – The ‘Friends’ have supported the dismantling and the building of a new brand new section of boardwalk at the reserve.
  • Bugkingham Palace – The ‘Friends’ designed and built a Giant Bug Hotel in the wildlife demonstration garden
  • Green Flag 2017/18 – The ‘Friends’ activity supported a successful application of the Green Flag Award for the Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve. 
  • Green Flag  2018/19 – Awarded for the second year !
  • Commenced reserve maintenance at MWT’s second nature reserve in Welshpool - Llyn Coed y Dinas

 

Future

  • The group aims to continue providing volunteering opportunities at Severn Farm Pond and Llyn Coed y Dinas
  • To support and  deliver high quality events and training sessions for visitors and volunteers at the site
  • To reach out to all kinds of people in the locality to become more  involved with the reserve

 

How to get involved

Contact MWT Office or Matt Clark – Chair of ‘Friends Of Severn Farm Pond’: Mobile 07794 867444, email mattclark.vyrnwy@gmail.com

Friends of Severn Farm Pond