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;

  • design and printing of new signboards;

  • expertise and advice on ecosystem planting strategy/ design;

  • 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 British Trust for Conservation Volunteers to ensure safe working.


Recent tasks undertaken have included:

- the strengthening of the inner and outer faces of the banks

- emergency works to the outer wall by the sluice gate





- Litter Picking

- Work parties to tidy and maintain the pond

   banks, bird rafts etc
- Monitoring 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
- Inspections
Current Projects:


West Bank
Outer Face

- Routine inspection

Inner Face

- Routine inspection


South Bank

- Tidal Gate Replacement / Repair

- Sluice Maintenance

- Routine inspection


Biodiversity Surveys
- Birds
- Plants
- Fish & Invertebrates


- Monitor use
- Resurfacing issues