The SMPPA - How You Can Help

The Slipper Mill Pond Preservation Association dedicates itself fully to its mandate to

 

"protect and conserve the wildlife and natural environment of the Slipper Mill Pond for the benefit and quiet enjoyment of the public."

If you can offer expertise or assistance in any of the areas below, we would love to hear from you:

  • wildlife monitoring;

  • expertise and advice on ecosystem planting strategy/ design;

  • design and printing of new signboards;

  • engineering expertise (Environment Agency liaison, structural engineering knowledge relevant to the land and structures around the Pond such as the gates, sluice, footbridge, gabions etc);

  • marketing, fundraising and communications;

The SMPPA CIO is a fully Registered Charity and relies on subscriptions, donations and grants to carry out its works.

Volunteers carry out as much of the maintenance and repair work as possible, and specialists are engaged for the more complicated tasks. All major works are subjected to Risk Analysis based on the recommendation of The Trust for Conservation Volunteers to ensure safe working.

Activities:

 

Ongoing:

- Infrastructure Inspections

- Litter Picking

- Reed Management

- Tidying/maintenance of planting on pond banks

- Bird Raft Maintenance

- Monitoring of birds and plants

- Annual Dinner, Summer Garden Party, Spring

  Talk, Schools Photographic Competition

- Quarterly Committee Meetings

- Annual General Meeting
- Administration (Membership, Finance, 
Insurance, Newsletters, Website)
- Liaison with Councils, Harbour Authority,

  Environment Agency etc

- Signage (temporary and long-term)
 
Current Projects:

 

East Bank
- Reed Management

- Planting Plan

West Bank & Footpath
- Routine inspection of both Inner & Outer Faces

- Monitor footpath use and resurfacing issues

South Bank

- Tidal Gate Replacement / Repair

- Sluice Gate and Sluice Outfall Maintenance

- Routine inspection of walls & gabions

 

Biodiversity Surveys
- Birds
- Plants
- Fish & Invertebrates