New Wildlife Pond Opens as a Haven for Urban Nature

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Wildlife TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff today opened a new wildlife pond at Avon Wildlife Trust’s Feed Bristol site in Stapleton, to celebrate the contribution of staff from Bristol company Ecosurety, who have helped create a thriving new habitat for wildlife, and a natural haven for people to explore.

Ecosurety has supported Avon Wildlife Trust throughout this year, with staff working hard over several weeks to clear the banks around the edges of the pond and plant them with hundreds of native plants and wildflowers grown from seed on the site. They also helped build a wooden dipping platform which will allow children and community groups using the site for outdoor learning, to get close to the teaming pond life.

Ian Barrett, CEO of Avon Wildlife Trust, said:

“This pond is a vital new haven for wildlife here at Feed Bristol – and is the final stepping stone habitat around the perimeter of the site, giving animals including newts, frogs, hedgehogs and slow-worms a chance to move freely and safely through spaces that link together.”

“It’s been created through a great partnership with Ecosurety who have given time, energy and a huge commitment to protecting nature and wildlife here in Bristol, and have developed a strong relationship with our Feed Bristol project. They have shown a deep understanding of the need to create thriving places for nature in the heart of urban landscapes – and put that into action.”

Abigail Warren, Key Account manager at Ecosurety, says: “Ecosurety is committed to creating positive change for the long-term when it comes to our local environment. Having contact with nature is so important for everybody, but particularly for communities inside cities, where green space is so precious.”

“Our staff have volunteered many hours at Feed Bristol and have reaped the satisfaction of knowing we have created something that will have long-lasting, positive benefits for the local environment and community. Companies that are able to give back should do so, and we try wherever possible to partner with organisations that share this outlook so that everybody benefits.”

Feed Bristol demonstrates how nature and wildlife can thrive despite the pressures of urban environments. The M32 runs nearby and the new Metrobus service will run on bus lanes neighbouring the site, just metres from the new pond. Developed from an overgrown site just five years ago, Feed Bristol now offers community groups, individual volunteers and company staff the chance to learn new skills and connect with nature in a practical hands-on way. This includes wildlife-friendly food growing, conservation work around the site, and tending plants in the wildflower nursery which now grows more than 200 varieties of native wildflowers from seeds collected from Avon Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves.

Avon Wildlife Trust offers high-impact and transformational employee experiences like the Ecosurety partnership, to any businesses in the region looking to book a staff team day with a difference.

Avon Wildlife Trust is grateful to civil engineering and construction contractor, Griffiths, who contributed labour and machinery to help dig the pond basin in the early stages.

You can see a news report broadcast by Made in Bristol TV on the opening event here