As you may have read in the local papers, the world
famous Swan Sanctuary is moving to Spelthorne! In fact
its new address will be Felix Lane, Shepperton and we
are delighted to be asked to help prepare their new
The site has been left virtually undisturbed for many
years. Thankfully all that needs clearing are Buddleia
bushes and some brambles with the heavy work being done
by machine. The site is large so there is scope here for
both the swans and conservation.
Civic Pride has been able to add two work days to our
programme, and there are other work days, which are
organised by Peter Routley. This is a great opportunity
for us to help and we urge you to join us.
Civic Pride work days
Sunday 27th Feb
Sunday 24th April.
Other work days – all Sundays
13th Feb, 20th Feb, 6th
March, 13th March, 27th March.
Contact Peter Routley for
further information on 01932 232344
All work starts at 10am & ends at about 1pm.
Our thanks again to Egham & Staines Conservation
Volunteers (E&SCV). They have added extra handrails to
the new dipping platform so it is ready for schools and
youth groups to use. We would also like to sincerely
thank Thames Water for the new fencing and gate along
the Ashford Road boundary. During 2004 vandals damaged
trees, dipping platform and bench and we were powerless
to stop them getting in. Re-fencing the pond was the
only answer but the cost was way beyond us. We are very
grateful to Thames Water for their continued generous
support for this project.
We would also like to thank one Laleham resident in
particular. Peter Stephens has supplied tons of wood
chips and logs over the years and has steadfastly
refused to accept payment. These materials were used to
make log pile habitats for insects and newts and the
wood chips keep the weeds in check.
In 2005, we will renew the hide panels, plant more hedge
trees and many other improvements for people and
wildlife that still need your help.
13th March – Hedge planting
5th June – New hide panels and weeding.
16th July SATURDAY – Open Day 12 – 4pm
E&SCV turned out in force in November and with the other
volunteers removed masses of reeds from round the
island. And they cut back the willows that were
threatening to cover the island. The reeds we removed
were put under the hedges to give shelter to insects and
amphibians over the winter, and the willows were piled
up on the island. The open water will help to keep
predators from the island so the birds can nest safely.
Diversity is vital both for plants, trees and wildlife
and we are very grateful to BAA Heathrow’s employees.
They added 5 new species to the old Hawthorn hedge and
planted 250 trees in total.
You may recall that the brick hide and the bench donated
by Robin Sider were vandalised last year Two generous
donations will help us to recover. Laurie Burrell
persuaded Surrey County Council’s Spelthorne Local
Committee to pay for a new bench, and Lynn Lewis of
Nauticalia’s donation will be used for a new willow
Surrey Wildlife Trust built a new dipping platform,
which will enhance the teaching facilities. It is
suitable for wheel chair users so we hope even more
children will learn about wildlife here. We would also
like to thank SWLT for cleaning the graffiti off the
Mammal and fungus surveys were completed in the autumn.
Email copies are available.
The year ended with national publicity as Tarmac
included a photograph of the lake in their corporate
We have lots of work planned for the new season –
planting Flag Irises, transplanting Fragmities reeds,
tree care and more reed removal so we need YOUR help as
22nd May – Planting wild flowers.
19th June – Weeding, and tidy up ready for the Open Day.
2nd July SATURDAY – Wildlife Open Day 10 to 4pm – By
popular demand we are extending the opening time. Drop
in and talk to one of the experts we will have on hand
or just have a walk round and enjoy the view.
It is vital that you do not introduce any plants, spawn
or fish to the reserve or any other site. If you take
frog or toad spawn from your pond you may inadvertently
bring invasive plants or a frog disease with it. The
same applies to plants or fish. Several nature reserves
have been devastated by non-native species of plant or
animal. We still have not managed to remove the terrapin
that was put into the lake.
To end on a lighter note – minutes after we finished the
reed pull in November, a swan drifted up to inspect the
cleared area! It would seem that we had the swan’s seal
of approval as it stayed for some time.
Millennium Wood receives
By Ray Thorn
At a ceremony on 21 October, Ann James, Secretary of
Spelthorne Tree Wardens and Jill Stephens of Civic
Pride, received a Design Award from our Mayor Cllr
George Trussler. The ceremony was held during the full
The Award, under the Environmental Improvements
category, was given by the Spelthorne Design Award panel
in recognition of the volunteers' efforts to establish a
new wood in the borough. This is the second occasion
that an award has been received by the Group as a High
Commended Certificate was given in 2002. The Millennium
Wood is a joint project between the Tree Wardens and
Civic Pride. The work began in December 1999 when over
80 local residents, conservation volunteers, and local
youth groups joined us to start the planting.
In the five years since creation almost 3,000 trees and
shrubs have been planted together with many wild flowers
and bulbs, with very few losses.
A special celebration was held in January to thank
everyone involved in the project and to mark the
completion of the planting.
But, the work must continue as we thin or prune some
trees and plant wild flowers and bulbs. So there is
still a role for you.
8th May – Wild flower planting.
It is with great pleasure that we announce our
Environmental Award Winners for 2004. It is one of the
delights of being associated with Civic Pride that we
come into contact with so many caring residents.
We had a very difficult task in picking out just one
winner for each award.
We are delighted to be able to recognise that hard work
of Ron Sotheron who has worked tirelessly to improve his
local school’s pond, grounds and flower beds.
Ashford Park Primary School has shown a commitment to
the environment that stands out head and shoulders above
the rest. It was agreed by everyone that their efforts
should be recognised now.
Well done everyone at Ashford Park.
Life Time Award
When Civic Pride began back in 1989 a couple living in
Shepperton had already been litter picking for many
years. Marjorie and Bevil Dawson, are an example that
should inspire us all and we are very grateful for this
opportunity to offer them our public thanks. The Group
all agreed that Marjorie and Bevil should be given a
special Life Time Award for services to Shepperton.
Litter Free Schools
You may have noticed that we are no longer running our
Tidy Schools Competition. The number of schools taking
part had fallen over recent years, and when Mc Donald’s
launched their Litter Free Schools Awards we were
delighted to be a part of this new and exciting
initiative. The first year was successfully completed in
2004 with 12 primary schools in Spelthorne taking part.
We hope that ALL the primary schools will join in the
2005 competition and help to make Spelthorne a Litter
Make a Difference Day
Yet again many Spelthorne residents cleared litter
dropped by the thoughtless last October.
We would like to thank each and everyone who helped.
Over 200 bags were collected which earnt these groups
£400. If you couldn’t get involved in October, there is
another chance in March and April. Please see enclosed
Community Litter Pick leaflet.
4th Ashford Guides
Ashurst Drive Improvement Society
Assoc for Preservation of Staines Moor
Charlton Village Res Assoc
Clarendon Primary School
Friends of Sunbury Park
Staines Tree Warden
Stanwell Tree Wardens
Shepperton Tree Wardens
Shepperton Res Assoc
Sunbury Tree Wardens
By Cathy Munro
In March 2004 Spelthorne Borough Council was successful
in gaining a grant of £2.135 million from the Office of
the Deputy Prime Minister’s Liveability Fund for the
Park Life Project. It was agreed that the money would be
spent on 6 parks within the borough. These are Lammas
Park, Ashford Recreation Ground, Kenyngton Park,
Littleton Recreation Ground, Fordbridge Park and
Hengrove Recreation Ground. This is part of the Park
Life scheme run by the Council.
So far, Spelthorne Borough Council has installed a skate
park and playground at the Lammas and will be putting a
science themed playground at Clockhouse Lane and
adventure play area at Kenyngton.
Local residents and park users have been consulted since
the summer and consultation for Littleton and Fordbridge
will commence later this year. The consultation for
Hengrove is already complete and works in the park will
commence in the summer.
If you would like to get involved in these projects
please contact Cathy Munro on 01784 444235.
more bulbs for us!
As you can see from the very long list below, hundreds
of caring volunteers helped to plant 27,000 bulbs to add
colour to our parks and streets. Our sincere thanks to
you all, and to BAA Heathrow for giving us nearly a
quarter of a million bulbs since 1994.
1st Ashford Guides, 3rd Ashford Guides
APEX Housing Church Villa, Elizabeth Court
Grove Barns, Kennedy Court, St Martin's Court, St Mary's
Ashford Hospital Voluntary Service Dept
Ashford Park School, Ashford Sports Club
Ashurst Drive Improvement Assoc
Bishop Wand School, B P Sunbury
Charlton Village Residents Assoc
Christ Church Parochial Church Council
Civic Service Yacht Club
Clarendon School, Echelford School
Fairways Day Centre, Greeno Centre
Halliford WI, Hawkdale School,
Laleham Residents Assoc
Littleton School, Matthew Arnold School
Owl House, Salvation Army
Saxon School, Shepperton Allotment Assoc
Shepperton Play School,
Shepperton Village WI
Spelthorne Junior School
Spelthorne Tree Wardens
Springtime Nursery School
St Mary's Church Fellowship
St Matthews Church
St Peter's Church Sunday School
Staines Preparatory School
Stanwell Village Hall,
Garden Waste collection scheme.
By Wendy Witt
This exciting new scheme will be launched on 28 February
2005 Garden waste will be collected weekly on the same
day as the rubbish. Residents who wish to use the scheme
will have to purchase a special biodegradable sack from
libraries, day centres or the council offices or they
can pay on line via the website or over the telephone.
We will be charging for the sacks at an initial rate of
£4 for 10 which will cover the cost of the collection
The waste will be taken to West London Composting in
Harefield where it will be turned into compost and soil
improver, which will be available for sale back to
We are searching for old wildlife records from the
Shepperton area to compare numbers and varieties of
species then and now. In particular we are looking for
early records of the Sheep Walk Lakes. Do you know of
any surveys of these areas that we could borrow or copy?